The Fathers of Invention

It is a common misconception that Thomas Edison invented the light-bulb. The reason we so closely associate the light-bulb with Edison is because while he may not have invented it, he was the first to make its production and sale commercially viable. Despite Edison’s numerous contributions to society, this lesson may be his most important. It serves as a reminder that oftentimes an idea alone is not enough. Edison’s focus on commercialization is what laid the foundation for what is now General Electric, one of the largest companies in the world.

 

Alexander Graham Bell offers a similar cautionary tale. Several parties laid claim to inventing the telephone yet it was Graham’s foresight to obtain patent protection for his invention that laid the foundation for the establishment of The Bell Telephone Company of Canada in 1880 – and what is now one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies.

 

The professionals at Andrews Robichaud have very deep expertise in domestic and international intellectual property and business law. Their knowledge and experience puts the firm in an excellent position to help their clients not only protect their ideas, but more importantly to successfully develop and commercialize them. Let us help you take your idea and turn it into an ideal commercial reality.

Call us at: 613-237-1512