Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
An inventor is a person who creates new inventions, typically technical devices such as mechanical, electrical or software devices or methods. Although some inventors may also be scientists, most base their work on the discoveries of other scientists, experimenting with practical applications and combinations of those discoveries, and with improvements and combinations of existing devices, to create new useful devices.
The system of patents was established to encourage inventors by granting limited-term monopoly on inventions that are judged sufficiently novel. This system is nowadays frequently considered as being abused, especially in the United States, and some have called for reform or even abolition of the patent system. In the U.S., however, the patent right originates from the Constitution, so inventors will likely continue to protect their inventions that way for many years to come.
- List of inventors
- List of scientists
- History of Science and Technology
- Inventor's notebook
- Autodesk Inventor for the 3D modeling CAD application
- A collection of patents for pioneering electrical engineering technologies, including some by the inventors listed above
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