Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

That will never catch on! Famous last words about the inventions that changed the world

“The internet? Nah, that will never catch on!” It’s been said before and will be said again, of the ideas that will change the world.

What makes one idea fly and another flop and how does the patent system and IP process help and challenge inventors?

In this episode ABC broadcaster Lisa Leong is in conversation with Dr Francis Gurry, IPH Strategic Adviser, unpacking the mysteries of the patent process and reflects on the big ideas that, at first glance, appeared unlikely to succeed but went on to change society and culture forever.

From the origins of sound recording that led to the creation of a global music industry to new innovations with unknown impacts on society, the patent system provides a window into our past and our future.

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