The Bic® ballpoint pen

The arrival of Bic® pens in classrooms was met with thunderous approval by the students, where its practicality and simplicity were appreciated almost as much as transforming them into miniature blowguns.

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The zipper

If you’ve never seen a court case in France, it might surprise you to know that French lawyers do not wear suits and ties. Instead, they wear black robes with precisely 33 buttons down the front and a white kerchief at the neck.

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The non-stick frying pan

Ever since 1956, our fried eggs have happily slid around frying pans without the need for oil thanks to the efforts of the French engineer.

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The parachute

If someone asked you to think of famous and fantastical inventions from history, and their creators, one cannot help but recall the renowned inventor, Leonardo da Vinci.

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Invention du soutien-gorge

“Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir : (...) cela fait venir de coupables pensées”. Les femmes n’ont pas attendu Tartuffe pour cacher leur poitrine.

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The application

This is the prerequisite for protection.

An application is the first act of protection, and must also contain the invention’s protection strategy.

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A patent provides both legal and economic protection throughout the life of the innovation.


A patent provides numerous benefits: it is a competitive advantage, a source of revenue, and represents future capital.