What are easy invention ideas? Can an invention be easy?
U.S. Patent Law describes an invention as: 'a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.'
Unique intuition or genius. That sounds like a tough standard and indeed it is as applied by the patent office in many cases. Genius is a standard that most of us will never achieve. By definition a genius is an exceptional individual probably in the top 1-2% of creative intelligence.
For the rest of us we will have to focus on unique intuition. For an easy invention idea to occur you must arrive at a unique solution to a problem. To do this requires you to have a good understanding of the problem but to look at it from a different perspective than everyone else.
I do this by studying a problem from as many angles as possible. By reviewing as much of the literature as I can in order to achieve understanding. It is by intensely studying a problem that unique intuition occurs. Thomas Edison always 'began where the last man left off'. This statement spoke to his dedication to finding a solution and also to the hard work that he put into his inventions.
You will be surprised by what you can learn just by studying a problem and looking at the pros and cons of the current solutions. By using this technique you will uncover gaps in current products. It is these gaps that give you an opportunity with a new solution.
If you are looking for techniques that will allow you to come up with invention ideas go to: new invention ideas or simple inventions. These two articles offer many tips and techniques that can help you get to your Eureka moment.
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