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An alphabetical listing of technical and important terms used in the general study of innovation and specifically used on The Great Idea Finder Web site. Contains brief explanatory notes, descriptions, examples and translations of a difficult or technical expression.
Function: noun / copy-left / opposite of copyright Copyleft
Definition: The copyleft uses copyright law to accomplish the opposite of its usual purpose: instead of imposing restrictions, it grants rights to other people, in a way that ensures the rights cannot subsequently be taken away on the condition that any redistributions or modifications also be licensed under the same condition. The GNU General Public License is a copyleft license.
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Function: noun / copy·right ©
Definition: Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Learn More: Copyright Information   from The Great Idea Finder

Function: noun /  en·tre·pre·neur Entrepreneur: Walt Disney
Definition: A person who takes the initiative in combining land, labor and capital, the three fundamental factors of production, to produce a good or service. Entrepreneurs often have strong beliefs about a market opportunity and are willing to accept a high level of personal, professional or financial risk to pursue that opportunity.
Related: Entrepreneurs, A Class Act   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / i·de·a Idea: Phil Ament has an idea
Definition: Something, such as a thought, conception, or a plan or scheme for doing something, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity. The human capacity to generate ideas is associated with the capacity for reason and self-reflection.
Related: Idea Wish List   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / in·no·va·tion Innovation: Apple iPod
Definition: The creation and introduction of a new device or process, resulting from study and experimentation.The term innovation may refer to both radical or incremental changes to products, processes or services. The often unspoken goal of innovation is to solve a problem. The successful exploitation of new inventions .
Related: Innovative Consumer Products   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / in·ven·tion Invention: Telephone
Definition: An invention is an object, process, or technique which displays an element of novelty. An invention may sometimes be based on earlier breakthroughs, collaborations or ideas, and the process of invention requires at least the awareness that an existing concept or method can be modified or transformed into a new invention. The successful exploitation of new ideas.
Related: Invention Facts & Myths   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / in·ven·tor Inventor: Alexander Graham Bell
Definition: Someone who is the first to think of or to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experimentation, typically technical devices such as mechanical, electrical or software devices or methods.
Related: Inventor Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / pat·ent    The term (Patent pending) or the actual patent number issued (PATENT NO. 223,898).
Definition: The system of patents was established to encourage inventors by granting limited-term, limited monopoly on inventions determined to be sufficiently novel, non-obvious, and useful. In the U.S. the intellectual property clause of the Constitution permits (but does not mandate) laws to be passed establishing patent and other intellectual property rights.
Learn More: Patent Information   from The Great Idea Finder
Function: noun / trade·mark / registered trademark
Definition: Any symbol, such as a word, number, picture, or design, used by manufacturers or merchants to identify their own goods and distinguish them from goods made or sold by others. You may use the "TM" (trademark) designation to alert the public to your claim, regardless of whether you have filed an application with the USPTO. You may use the federal registration symbol "®" only after the USPTO actually registers a mark, and not while an application is pending.
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