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Chapter 6. Defining a Patent: The Proble... > The Skills of Novelty Harvesting

The Skills of Novelty Harvesting

Learning how to spot novelty is sometimes (and only for some) like learning how to enjoy Sushi. Want a clue? Watch for situations that frustrate you. This happens because there is probably a better answer in your mind than to whatever is happening at that moment, and if you cannot think of it—you should quickly invent one.

Usually where you see a problem, look closely because there are probably several problems involved. When you find them, separate them, collect them, and look for relationships in them. Keep the scope of the problem you're attempting to solve in mind and focus on aspects of novelty in that solution. Then move to the next problem and do the same. If, in the course of doing this, you think of other solutions. This is natural; be certain to record these other problems and solutions by making notes.


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