The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
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MIND: Documenting Invention

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Inventors gain the knowledge that they put to use during the invention process from many arenas, including formal education; vocational, military, and on-the-job training; and skills passed down from parent to child through family activities. Knowledge is an intangible aspect of the invention process that is important to document. Skills may be reflected in an inventor’s tools, materials, prototypes, drawings, and writings. Oral history interviews and video documentation are useful tools for capturing this information.

Last Update: 27 Oct 2010

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