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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712358021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen van Dulken is an expert Curator in the Patents Information Service of the British Library. He is the author of numerous books on the history of patents, including Inventing the 19th Century (2001), Inventing the 20th Century (2000) and Inventing the American Dream (2004), all published by the British Library. The full list of inventions is as follows: e-book reader; smart wheelchair; the 'bladeless' fan; tubular containers for confectionery; the iPod; high-frequency sound teenager dispersal device; the iPhone; the Gocycle folding bike; the Magnamole cable guide; the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit; the Searaser wave-powered pump; the Road Refresher no-spill dog bowl; the Nintendo Wii; wide-image scanning of the retina; who invented the MRI?; leaves on the line rail cleaner; the BlackBerry; clean water devices; carbon capture in the ocean; give up smoking aide; Heelys; the Silent Knight anti-snoring ring; hand cream that blocks MRSA transmission; self-service checkouts; electronic supermarket trolley; recycling PET plastic; coffee-cup sleeves; medical advances; robot helpers; computer protection devices; Harry Potter and intellectual property; the Guiness 'Widget'; the electronic nose; product placement; inventions at Universal Studios theme park; inventions on Dragons' Den; the two-headed broom; the yoomi self-warming baby bottle; anti-skimming devices; the fight over high-definition recordings; the Segway; self-cleaning glass; the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner; rotating buildings; automatic number plate recognition; bricks from ash, not straw; near-field communication - 'wave and pay'; CGI in films; the future for the car.


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Books on inventions are few and far between, but van Dulken has now written several and all are welcome additions to the genre. The latest book looks to the future, and ground-breaking concepts in the public domain. They include all the obvious electronic gizmos (ebook reader, ipod, iphone, wii console, etc) and some well known contenders such as the bladeless fan from Dyson. But who has heard of the non-spill dog bowl? Perhaps there is a market for such devices unknown to the general public. It will always be difficult to predict what inventions are going to win the race to market, although the gizmos are sure to triumph in the near future, as the current patent wars between Apple and Samsung show very clearly. As for the rest, life is already more difficult for the average Joe as a result of bank woes, and recession, so luxury items such as dog bowls are likely to satisfy only a tiny minority. Recycling is here to stay, and the PET recycling process one way to reuse valuable plastics. What we don't get in this book is the competitive angle. There must be many other patents for recycling PET, but we are just not told what they, are or who owns them out there. We are informed about the ongoing software patent battles however, another active front in the patent wars between giants such as google and amazon. But the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner? The market context could have been explored more usefully, but this small book remains a very useful source for ideas.
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This book is a very interesting summary of the concept of patents, with lovely examples from a very expert individual. He clearly has worked in this field for a long period of time and shares his expertise, through this book, with the reader.
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I was hoping for a description of the innovative ideas incorporated into the patented devices and details of the new technologies involved.
This was sadly missing and the book focuses instead on patent issues and disputes.
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Books on inventions are few and far between, but van Dulken has now written several and all are welcome additions to the genre. The latest book looks to the future, and ground-breaking concepts in the public domain. They include all the obvious electronic gizmos (ebook reader, ipod, iphone, wii console, etc) and some well known contenders such as the bladeless fan from Dyson. But who has heard of the non-spill dog bowl? Perhaps there is a market for such devices unknown to the general public. It will always be difficult to predict what inventions are going to win the race to market, although the gizmos are sure to triumph in the near future, as the current patent wars between Apple and Samsung show very clearly. As for the rest, life is already more difficult for the average Joe as a result of bank woes, and recession, so luxury items such as dog bowls are likely to satisfy only a tiny minority. Recycling is here to stay, and the PET recycling process one way to reuse valuable plastics. What we don't get in this book is the competitive angle. There must be many other patents for recycling PET, but we are just not told what they, are or who owns them out there. We are informed about the ongoing software patent battles however, another active front in the patent wars between giants such as google and amazon. But the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner? The market context could have been explored more usefully, but this small book remains a very useful source for ideas.
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