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Independent Inventors' Invention Processes

Mattsson, Helen LU (2017) INTM01 20162
Innovation Engineering
Abstract
Independent inventors typically start to develop a solution to a problem they have personally experienced. They quickly move from realization of a problem to an iterative process of sketching, building and testing. During these activities, little interaction with customers and other stakeholders was found. The main reason for this at an early stage was that they did not want to risk patentability. Once a patent application was submitted, external interaction was still low, which was now explained by the fact that few wanted to accept a sunk cost, and making large changes at this stage would make the patent obsolete.
When benchmarking with organizational and entrepreneurial approaches, six main key insights derived from the gap analysis.... (More)
Independent inventors typically start to develop a solution to a problem they have personally experienced. They quickly move from realization of a problem to an iterative process of sketching, building and testing. During these activities, little interaction with customers and other stakeholders was found. The main reason for this at an early stage was that they did not want to risk patentability. Once a patent application was submitted, external interaction was still low, which was now explained by the fact that few wanted to accept a sunk cost, and making large changes at this stage would make the patent obsolete.
When benchmarking with organizational and entrepreneurial approaches, six main key insights derived from the gap analysis. Independent inventors perform few front end activities, they do not go through divergent phases, little focus is directed towards business related issues, they involve few customers and external stakeholders in their process, they make no formal assessments. Finally, the Lean start-up approach could be a good alternative for some inventors to increase chances to reach commercialisation. (Less)
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author
Mattsson, Helen LU
supervisor
organization
course
INTM01 20162
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Invention, Independent Inventor, Innovation process, Invention Process, NCD, Design Thinking
language
English
id
8923480
date added to LUP
2017-08-23 09:35:52
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  abstract     = {Independent inventors typically start to develop a solution to a problem they have personally experienced. They quickly move from realization of a problem to an iterative process of sketching, building and testing. During these activities, little interaction with customers and other stakeholders was found. The main reason for this at an early stage was that they did not want to risk patentability. Once a patent application was submitted, external interaction was still low, which was now explained by the fact that few wanted to accept a sunk cost, and making large changes at this stage would make the patent obsolete. 
When benchmarking with organizational and entrepreneurial approaches, six main key insights derived from the gap analysis. Independent inventors perform few front end activities, they do not go through divergent phases, little focus is directed towards business related issues, they involve few customers and external stakeholders in their process, they make no formal assessments. Finally, the Lean start-up approach could be a good alternative for some inventors to increase chances to reach commercialisation.},
  author       = {Mattsson, Helen},
  keyword      = {Invention,Independent Inventor,Innovation process,Invention Process,NCD,Design Thinking},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Independent Inventors' Invention Processes},
  year         = {2017},
}