General. The following hypothetical examples teach this concept:
Hypothetical Example No. 1. Johannes solicits suggestions from his colleagues in constructing a prototype of his invention and accepted some of them. He does not lose his status as the sole, true inventor.
Hypothetical Example No. 2. Fritz discusses the problem he is trying to solve with experts in the field, some of whom give him ideas and suggest materials for his invention. Fritz does not share his work with them and makes the final decisions about how to make his invention. He is the true inventor of the invention.
Case Law. The following examples from U.S. case law teach this concept:
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