This presentation is about three things: imagination, invention, and shaping patent law incentives. These seemingly disparate topics are actually linked subjects. Three insights provide the links and are the topics of this talk. First, imagination is subject to predictable flaws, which recent neurological research has helped us to identify and understand. Second, invention is an act of imagination of new tools and the functionality they bring, with such invention subject to the same predictable errors as all types of imagination. Third, patent laws should be crafted to combat these predictable errors in invention processes—that is, with targeted incentives to encourage inventors not to make these errors or to reveal the errors in invention designs as early as possible to ensure that more error-free designs receive patents and are given maximum commercial and public attention.
CLE Credit: 1 Hour There is no cost to attend the lecture; however, registration is requested. Wine & cheese reception to follow.
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