Quick...what is innovation?

Posted by J Matthew Buchanan at June 29, 2005 09:59 AM

Last week I had a chance to catch up with a buddy from grad school.  We were discussing heady science issues like we used to, and eventually he asked me about an inventorship issue that had developed in his organization.

We ironed out some of the details, and then he got heady again.  He asked “how many patent attorneys do you think even know what the definition of innovation is, let alone understand the difference between invention and innovation?”

Whoa.  Heady indeed.

My response?  Very few.

And it’s too bad, really.  He added later that he really wanted “…someone who can help me innovate.”


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