Innovator Insights: An Interview Series
International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) encourages the members and the community of inventors to share ideas with IPOEF, IFIA‘s Partner, on the role that patent protection has played in the development of the innovation.
Innovator Insights is an IPO Education Foundation blog interview series aimed at providing a platform for a wide range of inventors and IP visionaries to describe the role patents play in innovation. The blog is an educational tool for the IP community and the public alike. The series has profiled inventors of all ages and inventions in fields ranging from consumer hair products and non-stationary elliptical bicycles to life-changing prosthetics and the foundational technology behind LASIK eye surgery. Read below for highlights.
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Dr. Gary Michelson
“If you can’t protect what finally makes it to the pipeline, there is no pipeline. That’s why patents are absolutely essential in the medical industry.”
“Owning our ideas from a legal and financial perspective is so important for women and minority owned business.”
“A lot of times the patent system is portrayed as this archaic system that really limits innovation and collaboration, but in my opinion it spurs innovation because it offers a financial incentive.”
“Patents help lift the invention out of the realm of ‘just an idea.’”
“Our patent became the foundational patent for the whole laser refractive surgery arena. The patent gained important recognition for me and [my co-inventors], but it also laid the groundwork for [future] work.”