Invention is not Innovation

Following my article “what is Innovation?”, I would also like to explain what an innovation IS NOT. In particular, I would like to show the difference between Invention and Innovation. Two different Etymologies Even if the two words Invention and Innovation sound alike, they actually don’t share the same etymological Latin root: Invention is coming from “invenire” that means “find” or “discover”. Innovation is coming form “novus” that means “new”. Two different meanings In addition of not sharing the same root, Innovation and Invention have different meaning. Invention: new configuration, composition of matter, device, or process. Some inventions are based on pre-existing models or ideas and others are radical breakthroughs. Inventions can extend the boundaries of human knowledge or experience

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