Sir James Dyson, he of bagless vacuum cleaner fame, talks innovation, design, and entrepreneurship with Wired’s Shoshana Berger in How James Dyson Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary. I loved his description of the hands-on working environment he fosters at his company (above), while I also liked his take on patents, namely that they’re critically important when used correctly:
If you really want to improve technology, if you want things to work better and be better, you’ve got to protect the person who spends a lot of effort, money, and time developing that new technology. But you can’t patent something that another skilled engineer in the field could have calculated or done with his basic knowledge.
You listening, Apple, with your patented page turn insanity?
And, well, now that we’re on the topic of patents, I loved this recent tweet from hacker/artist, Zach Lieberman:
today I complained about software patents to someone who turned out to be director of the US Patent office. awesome and humbling.
So what happened next? I asked. Lieberman’s reply:
That link details changes to US patent law that came into effect in September, and those that will kick in in March of next year. It’s well worth a look…