Inventorship: The Art of Innovation

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 14, 2002 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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"From this lively and personal account, we learn that we can all practice inventorship to great advantage-measured either in gold or pleasure, or perhaps both!"-From the Foreword by Walter Cronkite

"Inventorship is truly the stuff from which the future will be molded. Giving us an insight into the everyday thought processes of great inventive minds, Greene's wonderful collection of stories and ideas is a model for each of us in the art of inventiveness."-Pat Hallberg, Executive Director, National Inventors Hall of Fame

"This entertaining and well-written work educates without pain and motivates the reader to learn more. It should be widely read not only by business people and entrepreneurs, but by young people, their parents, and their teachers. The lesson: Inventorship is for everyone and can change lives for the better."-Joseph N. Hankin, President, Westchester Community College

"After all the scholarly books and articles about innovation and the entrepreneurial process by theorists, how refreshing it is to hear from a real live inventor holding hundreds of patents in fields as diverse as aeronautics, sailing, chess, and skiing! He has even invented a word, 'inventorship', to describe the process and guide us through dozens of examples. A very useful book."-John Diebold, Chairman, The JD Consulting Group, Inc.
 

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Contents

1 The Nature of Inventorship
1
2 The Age of Innovation
25
3 The Rule of Inventorship
47
4 Defining the Problem
73
5 The Source of Inventive Solutions
101
6 Mind over Machine
137
7 Inventorship and the Entrepreneurial Spirit
147
8 Innovation in Public Policy
163
9 Commitment The Key to Successful Inventorship
177
10 The Inventive Life
187
Index
223
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LEONARD M. GREENE, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, has patented more than 100 inventions, including the stall-prevention device now essential safety equipment on all aircraft, which is credited with saving thousands of lives. His company, which for half a century has done substantial business with Boeing, recently recognized that relationship by assigning to them the patent rights on a new type of supersonic plane that is 50 percent faster than the Concord-and flies without creating a sonic boom.

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