Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Patently Difficult

PostedApril 24, 2004

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Problem is, you don't have a clue about how to make it.  MIT's Chris Magee says you can't patent a thought—even a really good one—without the technical details to back it up.  You've got to actually create the product, and, oh yeah, it also needs to work.  There aren't many Edison's inventing in their spare time these days.  World-changing innovations are seldom simple, says Stanford's Sheri Sheppard, and almost impossible to pull off alone.  Today's advances usually require deep scientific knowledge and an array of expertise from engineering to economics.  An idea, it turns out, is not an invention.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.