“Working with people from different backgrounds can create surprising solutions—solutions that no one would have thought of on their own.”

Kevin Hess: “An inspiring pursuit”
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Kevin Hess: “An inspiring pursuit”

With numerous patents to his name, Kevin Hess clearly has a passion for invention. As he puts it, “inventing and problem solving is an inspiring pursuit.”

“Ideas are a very personal thing, and after all of the time you spend tweaking and perfecting it, you become very attached to it. So, when you face a group of people who may decide that your idea doesn’t have the value that you thought it did, it can be a little scary.”

Kevin’s first patent came while working with a colleague who was already an experienced inventor. Having that mentorship and guidance was particularly helpful in getting him through some of the initial hurdles of the invention and patenting process. In particular, Kevin says mentorship can help aspiring inventors identify the true novelty of their invention and overcome the anxiety that comes from presenting and defending your invention.

“Working with people from different backgrounds can create surprising solutions—solutions that no one would have thought of on their own."

Kevin says that there are two characteristics that many inventors seem to possess. The first is inquisitiveness, always seeking to find better solutions and asking: “Why does this work like that? Can I make it better?” The second characteristic is a desire to collaborate. Modern inventions are often highly technical in nature and require a vast array of skillsets and expertise. Kevin explains that “every patent and invention I have ever created is the result in some way or another of collaboration.” The results that you get when you work with other people who also have great ideas generates an end-product that is so much more than it could have been otherwise.

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