To be extremely honest when I was on my high school desk I didn’t ever think that one day I would receive a paper like this. Looks like I am a scientist or a genius and, you know, I am not. It just makes you feel your ideas has a physical value.
And it’s somehow a nice feeling to be recognized and awarded for what you think instead, for example, of the way you dress. But we’ve seen the extremes of this concept in the war between Samsung and Apple. Many of those assumptions are surely right but some of them are pretty ridiculous, as said by most of the journalists when the discussion turn to the radius of curved corners. I would like to know what Mr Richard Sapper or Dieter Rams would say about the overall Apple design which is the updated copy of the Braun sharp lines created by the german design-gurus. This open a matter about the concept of ideas even before the one on patents.
We tend to give immediate value to things and ideas makes no exception. What if we would let ideas to appear, shape up, change, grow or simply disappear? Full stop. Sure, sooner or later we could bring them down to earth and make some billion dollars in the next start up. But this could be (and it is) an exception. As many entepreneurs and start-uppers said, one of the rules not written of the start-up process is the flow of changes from the original idea, that means, simply, other ideas born thanks to one first one idea, but also to an open minded process. One could argue that without crystallizing that first, draft idea in a patent you could not build up the following ones in order to generate an economic value. T
hat’s true, but we all know how patent offices need so many details about your idea in order to make one different from the other. Like the radius of a corner, even if it is silly as much as a boring idea which will spend his life in the cage of a patent instead fly free in the mind of others.