New scientific or technical idea, and the means of its embodiment or accomplishment. To be patentable, an invention must be novel, have utility, and be non-obvious. To be called an invention, an idea only needs to be proven as workable. But to be called an innovation, it must also be replicable at an economical cost, and must satisfy a specific need. That's why only a few inventions lead to innovations because not all of them are economically feasible.

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  • One of the most well known scientists in the world is Albert Einstein, who happens to be responsible for the invention of the refrigerator, which keeps food cold.

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  • If you can come up with a new invention that will change peoples lives you can become very rich very quickly.

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  • Bill had created a new bicycle that he had never seen before and thought to himself "this is the greatest invention ever".

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