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Chapter 1. Patents, Copyrights, and Trad... > The History of Inventions

The History of Inventions

An invention has three distinct characteristics. These are

  1. Problem. Every invention (including patents) has to solve a specific problem.

  2. Solution. An invention must solve a specific problem using an idea that those skilled in the art have not yet considered, which is subjective and the basis for many legal challenges to an invention.

  3. Novelty. The solution to the specific problem must be novel.


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