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Who is an Inventor?

Postby DSlackman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:22 pm

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Who is an Inventor?

Is it the person who comes up with the idea?
Is it the person who makes the idea into a usable product?
Is it the person who refines and perfects the product?
Is it the person who mass-produces the product so more people can afford to buy it?
Is it the person who markets the product & makes it available to the people who need it?

What's your opinion?

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Postby minnesotainventor » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:58 pm

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I think the graphic artist should get most of the credit.

They make it look good, they create the logo, tag lines, they make it appealing to purchase...make it look complete when it may not be. They usually give someone the most valued first impression of the concept and create that impulse purchase or defined reason to make the thought out purchase.

They take the concept to the next level above other simular items in the market and sets you above the rest. They can make you appear the leader in the market with the first product run.

yeah....graphic artist...yep, most of the credit!

Sincerely,
Steve Stark
Inventor and Graphic Artist

Postby mojo62 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:09 pm

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You can come up with many ideas and not do anything with it.

If you make that idea into a usable product you can call yourself an inventor.

Refining and perfecting the product would be the engineers role.

Mass producing and marketing does not qualify as an inventive step.

There is my take!

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MO

Postby DSlackman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:22 pm

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Are you an inventor if you come up with ideas, but never produce a product?
Are you an inventor if you create a product, but no one ever uses it?
Are you an inventor if people use your product, but are dissatisfied?
Are you an inventor if you no one (including you) ever benefits from your invention?

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Postby Michelle » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:13 pm

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You are an inventor if you come up with an idea and you bring it to life.

You are a successful inventor if you can get someone to buy your invention.

You are a rich inventor, if your invention becomes a success and you make a ton of money.

You are a nice inventor, if you become a rich inventor and decide to create a microloan service with InventorSpot.com to help launch inventors with great ideas and no money. :)

Postby makeworldbetter » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:18 pm

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I would say inventors are number 1 and 2, it's all about ideas. 3 is engineer, 4 and 5 are business man. There is no more or less important role.

Postby citizen » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:14 am

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Who is an inventor? I am!

Postby DSlackman » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:23 am

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In some professions you must be able to make a living at your profession before you can claim "official" status. I hear this about writers and actors.

In other professions a certification is required, like doctors or real estate agents, before you can practice.

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Postby Michelle » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:11 am

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I don't think an inventor is one who comes up with an idea only.
To me, you actually have to create it, in prototype and make it work before you are an inventor.

Edison, if he said, it would be great if we had a device to carry electricity and cast light is great. I bet you can do that with copper wire, would not be an inventor to me. He is an inventor because he worked out the problem and figured out the solution.

Otherwise, aren't you just a creative thinker? or visionary?

Postby makeworldbetter » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:59 am

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That hurts Da Vinci's status a lot. Many of his inventions only exist on paper through his life time.

I wonder if there are words in English that separate inventor as occasion hobbyist and professional inventor?
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