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Personal opinion: patents and inventivity. Aaradhana Sadasivam writes:
"'Necessity is the mother of invention' is a famous quote from Plato's Republic. But how does one define “necessity”? A popular website offers, among other definitions, “an unavoidable need or compulsion to do something: not by choice but by necessity”. It has shades of inventive step requirement of patentability -- addressing a long-felt demand. So. at step one of the genesis of an invention, one invariably starts with an inventive step, big or small, in mind and gradually passes other milestones before arriving at an invention that is worthy of a patent protection.
The IPKat suspects that one or two of his readers might want to say a few words by response.
Could we then say that inventive step is the driving force of invention? For example, if you live in a place that is next to a super highway that eases the traffic to people’s favourite destination on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and during which you just hope to have curtains that are dusted with special nano-particles that absorb all that horrendous traffic noise but let the cool evening air come in unobstructed and into your home. You then resolve to fight the problem. Then isn’t it the inventive step that pushed you to arrive at a magical nanoparticles-dusted curtains? You actually started with an inventive step in mind and somehow managed to steer through the maze of “novelty” that might be of oceanic proportions!
Keeping the noise out,
and the drama in ...
If the above is true, then why on earth, it is always novelty that is looked into first and before inventive step which is the driving force that generates an invention that might be worthy of a couple of patents".
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Publications news. The eight-times-a-year Journal of Business Law (JBL), published by Sweet & Maxwell, is busily beefing up its intellectual property content. Issue 8 for 2010 carries two IP pieces: Cheng Lim Saw's "Goodwill Hunting in Passing Off: time to jettison the strict 'hard line' approach in England?", in which a Singapore scholar asks why it is so hard for a foreign trader to protect its interest in England, and "Arbitration of Patent Disputes in Turkey" by Armagan Ebru Bozkurt Yüksel. This piece looks at public policy, jurisdictional and procedural issues and will be handy for anyone with the misfortune to have a contentious patent matter to settle in Turkey.