The Difference Between Innovation And Invention

from the important-lessons... dept

For all the talk about protecting innovation, we've often pointed out that the patent system seems to do the exact opposite -- making it more difficult for those who are actually innovating, while giving money to those who haven't done anything at all. Last year, Michael Schrage wrote an interesting piece pointing out the very important differences between invention and innovation, where he noted that innovation is more important -- but the patent system is more about protecting invention. Basically, plenty of people or companies who "invented" an idea were never able to capitalize on the idea at all. It took others who actually innovated and built off that idea to make a product that actually had an impact on the world. Helping to prove that point are a bunch of example cases where the initial inventor of something wasn't the one to make it valuable. In a market driven economy, the real winner is the company that can make something valuable through innovation -- not the inventor who happens to come up with something that the market may or may not want.


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    Abiodun, Jun 23rd, 2006 @ 11:18am

    Invention vs Innovation

    Creativity is seeing what everyone sees and thinking what no one else has thought before. Invention is transforming these new thoughts into tangible ideas. Innovation is introducing these ideas to the end-user. Innovation is channeling creativity (managing its application i.e. invention) so as to produce ideas/products that people can and wish to use (i.e. marketable).
    For an invention, the focus is on novelty and this is a key criterion for patenting. In other words, it must be new to its field all over the world. Innovation on the other hand does not have to be new except in a specific situation. Thus, as long as a firm (for instance) is having something for the first time, it is innovative in their context irrespective of whether it is new to their industry, country or the world.
    Characteristically, an invention is anything that is novel and potentially practically applicable; an innovation is essentially novel, practically applicable and introduced to the market. Thus innovation may be seen as equal to invention plus exploitation i.e. invention plus commercialization and/or application of new knowledge in production in a particular environment.

     

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      Sam, Jan 20th, 2007 @ 2:21am

      Re: Invention vs Innovation

      Abiodun, i agree with most of what you have written apart from this part 'Invention is transforming these new thoughts into tangible ideas. Innovation is introducing these ideas to the end-user. '

      this implies that invention is an early stage and innovation is the end stage, however I think that an invention and innovation both introduce a new product/idea etc to the end-user, not just innovation.

       

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      jimmy, Aug 30th, 2010 @ 9:31am

      Re: Invention vs Innovation

      you are very funny! even though i reported you!and need to get a life!

       

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      Abdullah Muhsin, Jan 6th, 2014 @ 2:42am

      Re: Invention vs Innovation

      hi abiodun,

      your explanation is exactly what i was looking for. couldn't have explained it better myself.

      thanks & regards
      abdullah

       

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    Muhammad Kamran, Sep 13th, 2006 @ 10:33pm

    Inoovation, Invention and Creativity

    hi i am student of Mba and i want to know about above mention topics. please mail me about these topics with relevant material.

     

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      raj, Nov 26th, 2007 @ 11:00pm

      Re: Inoovation, Invention and Creativity

      innovatio is a concept
      while invention is the result of the concept.

       

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      weird, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 12:30pm

      Re: Inoovation, Invention and Creativity

      your weird

       

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      Vijay Bishwas, Sep 30th, 2011 @ 5:24pm

      Re: Inoovation, Invention and Creativity

      Hii,In my view of discussion,innovation is incremental or gradual changes in process, techniques or method to moderate producu features. on the other hand,invention is radicaly changeable to its subject matter,an existing product alters some new product with uniqe features.

       

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      unathi, Mar 7th, 2013 @ 8:11am

      Re: Inoovation, Invention and Creativity

       

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    Leong Him Woh, Feb 22nd, 2007 @ 5:50pm

    Inventions

    I agreed with you. Inventions may not be marketable until it became innovations.
    http://henryleong-innovations.blogspot.com/

     

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    OJO OLADOKUN, Feb 23rd, 2007 @ 6:50am

    INNOVATION Vs INVENTION

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    Tony Bright, May 12th, 2007 @ 11:46am

    Inventions need Capital to become an Innovation

    Most Inventions never become Innovations in the marketplace due to lack of funding. I have the solution to this common problem.

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    Ms. Howard, Jun 24th, 2007 @ 9:55am

    Understanding the difference between Innovation an

    I do understand what you are trying to say. In terms of the statements about Invention is transforming these new thoughts into tangible ideas and Innovation is introducing these ideas to the end-user. I believe that persons are misinterpreting what you are trying to say when what you really mean is that; an invention is more of a manufactured idea or product while an innovation is more of an idea that may or may not be a manufactured idea or product.

     

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    Kassia, Oct 15th, 2007 @ 6:39am

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    is poutine a invetion or innovation ??

     

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    Ideabobber, Feb 11th, 2008 @ 8:34am

    Re:

    Yes, inventions are the end product of the process of innovating on a previous invention.

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    sidra jillani, Mar 20th, 2008 @ 12:45pm

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    bad ideas 4 both

     

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    Berhanu, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 2:34am

    i disagree the comment on 4th step.The invantion is a key source to change the world. No innovation with out invention. Some of you raised "Inventions may not be marketable " ,but market is depend on existance of some thing or service.

     

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    Amit, Oct 8th, 2008 @ 6:57am

    Innovation,Invention and Entrepreneurship

    I think
    Invention is a scientific fact
    Innovation is an economic fact
    and Hence Entrepreneurhip is the Sum of Innovation and Invention. E=2I
    And It is an Entrepreneur who makes money out of Innovationa and Invention
    Example:-
    Gramhaphone is a Invention
    i-pod or i-phone is a Innovation and
    making money is an Entrevation

    Regards
    Amit Jain
    jainamit2020.blogspot.com

     

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    sachin.s.h, Nov 2nd, 2008 @ 9:28am

    As invention and innovation r dependent with each in some cases there are dependent to make or desire and some cases there dependent.. as i must both invention innovation can develop the new world...

     

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    Ccott Carpenter, Jan 25th, 2009 @ 2:39pm

    invention vs. innovation

    I agree with Abiodun's observation. My question however is if one is an inventor and wishes to become an innovator, what would be the recommended course of action. Seems that inventors sell the patents for pennies only to witness them making others wealthy. I am personally living this decison today. I have developed a technology that in my world is a revolutionary advantage to the manufacturing world. Unfortunately, I am not an innovator and therefore not able to deliver my product to a captured audience. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
    ~SC

     

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    Samson Opiyo, Feb 22nd, 2009 @ 10:54am

    innovation vs invention

    I think
    we should get something right here. That invention is managing the application of creativity and/or innovation does not mean it is the end product of innovation. It extends further to meeting the needs of the end-users through the well researched demand of the consumers(market analysis.

     

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    Rajesh, Mar 8th, 2009 @ 11:31pm

    innovation vs invention

    it will be good if its explained with example. Iphone is a innovation or invention and why ???

     

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    Veena, May 31st, 2009 @ 8:50am

    Invention vs innovation

    innovation is the implementation of idea succesfully...whereas invention is just testin idea on paper,not actual implementation of it!

     

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    caroline, Sep 21st, 2009 @ 9:55am

    Hey i am a 7th grader in tec class and this did no realy help me..all i need is just a plane siml answer...........whats the differrence!?

     

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      Ron Martinez (profile), Oct 18th, 2009 @ 1:25pm

      Re: your question

      Invention carries with it the connotation of developing or designing something that may or may not be delivered to the marketplace, or if delivered, may not be successful in the marketplace, but which may still be patented. Look up patents to understand the role they play in providing some measure of protection to those who come up with original designs. Note also that not everyone agrees with the concept that someone may "own an idea." (This is a mis-statement of what a patent is, but there are reasonable people who disagree with the patent system, in any event.)

      Innovation is simply to create or introduce something new.

      This article maybe didn't clarify because in fact, invention IS a form of innovation. What the author is going for here is a distinction that defines invention as "innovating for the purposes of obtaining a patent," and defines innovation as "innovating for the purposes of delivering successful products." As I've written elsewhere, I think this redefinition of terms is merely confusing, though I understand the intent. And as others have commented, innovation and invention are closely interrelated.

      I hope this helps!

      Ron

       

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    abirami.n, Oct 8th, 2009 @ 2:15am

    Both invention and innovations are inter-related..there can be no inventions without innovation.And invention leads to innovation of further inventions..

     

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    Ron Martinez, Oct 18th, 2009 @ 1:16pm

    Invention vs. Innovation

    I know this is an older thread, but would like to add that it is equally useful to look at the relationship possible between invention and innovation - a virtuous circle that amplifies the value in both patentable invention and product innovation.

    By the way, disagree with the definition. Both patentable invention and new product formulations can be correctly called "innovation." The narrowing of the term to apply only to product innovation strikes me as unnecessary and muddying, not clarifying. Better: patentable invention and product innovation. Always best to trade malformed pith for clarity.

     

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    K moe min, Mar 20th, 2010 @ 7:26pm

    Innovation Vs invention

    Invention is only the first step in a long process of bringing a good idea to widespread and effective use. Being a good inventor is no guarantee of commercial success. Most of the inventions are ended up in the laboratories and never come out to commercial use.

    novation is the successful exploitation of the new ideas.
    Companies achieve competitive advantage through acts of innovation. They approach innovation in its broadest sense , including both new technologies and new ways of doing things

     

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    anil, Aug 31st, 2010 @ 6:38am

    invention vs innovation

    Invention is something that can transforming the existing idea into usable thing by people in the world while innovation is making or adding new the existing one by which technology is used more and physical work is reducing

     

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    shiki, Jun 19th, 2011 @ 1:14am

    hi

    i think there is the missappropriation in the use of the words, invention and innovation..

     

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    samson, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 12:12pm

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    A H Koraal, Sep 16th, 2011 @ 11:08am

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    invention means creating some thing new which is not in existance or bring up with new idea whereas innovation means bringing some thing new in the existing body of knowledge.innovation is novelty and creating some features in the things.

     

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    Archana, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 2:53am

    invention and innovetion

    EXISTING NEW THING INVETION..

    ADDING SOMTHING NEW FEATURE INNOVETION...

     

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    samueal j awani, Sep 25th, 2012 @ 11:51am

    posibility offer for the best interest of both parties

    I'm an inventor with creativity, my ideas are 100% of a product. Which can make value and interest from the public.

    If a company offers a posiblity of accepting a product as they have seen the potential image of the ideas. What can the inventor do to exstblich a more favourable/friendly enviroment for himself before the company?

     

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    Pakpimol Mahannop, Feb 15th, 2013 @ 10:32pm

    Difference: creativity, invention, and innovation

    Creativity ---- Invention ---- User for development ----------- Innovation

     

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    M.L.GARG, Mar 4th, 2014 @ 4:00am

    Invention vs innovation

    Invention is creating something new which is not existing in this world. The degree of its utility may vary. Innovation is giving it a shape so that it can be useful. It is introduction of some thing new which may be an invention also

     

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