Commercial Potential - Inventors' Still Inventing
For many reasons, inventions that are a "flash in the pan" are normally commercially unsuccessful. One reason is that, very often, an entire portfolio of patents is required to adequately protect a valuable invention. Another reason is that continued inventing in a particular field keeps the inventor(s) connected to both the people in the field as well as its unsolved mysteries. A third is that continuing to invent in a field ensures that the knowhow that the inventor has accumulated about his original invention is less likely to go unused.
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