At the heart of patent law is simply the idea of creativity. That’s what invention is, in many cases. Even when it is unintentional, it stems from the process of creatively thinking about a problem and a solution in a new way.
People often assume inventors want to get rich or start international corporations and that inventing things is simply their way of doing it. However, experts argue that this is not the mindset behind most inventions. Instead, it is just unleashed creative thinking that brings us something new.
It can also be the product of just trying to make life a little bit easier. Take the idea of adhesive strip bandages, which we all use and now take for granted. A man who worked for Johnson & Johnson came up with the idea because his wife kept cutting herself while cooking. He needed a way for her to put a bandage on when no one was there to help, so be began making the adhesive strips using gauze in advance. They were ready when she needed them. Soon the idea caught on.
As you can see, creative thinking does not have to be groundbreaking to have a major impact. It can be just a small change in how people use a product or how that product works. But it can change the way people think about that product forever, creating a massive change in the consumer market.
Patents help to protect this innovative, creative development, and all inventors need to know how to obtain them and how to use them to protect their work.