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INVENTOR. One who invents or finds out something.
     2. The patent laws of the United States authorize a patent to be issued to the original inventor; if the invention is suggested by another, he is not the inventor within the meaning of those laws; but in that case the suggestion must be of the specific process or machine; for a general theoretical suggestion, as that steam might be applied to the navigation of the air or water, without pointing out by what specific process or machine that could be accomplished, would not be such a suggestion as to deprive the person to whom it had been made from being considered as the inventor. Dav. Pat. Cas. 429; 1 C. & P. 558; 1 Russ. & M. 187; 4 Taunt. 770; B ut see 1 M. G. & S. 551; 3 Man. Gr. & Sc. 97.
     3. The applicant for a patent must be both the first and original inventor. 4 Law Report. 342.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The ITE will see the participation of hundreds of inventors from around the world on 29th and 30th August at Olympia Kensington in London.
"Inventors will gain a better understanding and get their questions answered on how to protect their idea or to trademark their name, and to learn about the local resources available to help them bring their idea to the next level," said Brian Fried, president of the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club.
Yet, when we think of path-breaking, superstar inventors from history--such as Wallace Carothers (DuPont), Edwin Land (Polaroid), or William Shockley (Bell Labs and Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory), we often imagine hard-working and driven scientists who ignore financial incentives and merely seek intellectual achievement.
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
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Eventually, FIS pulled yet another coup with the passage of Republic Act 7459, also known as the Inventor and Inventions Incentives Act of 1992.
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The inventor with his invention posing for a picture.