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Difference between Invention and Discovery

One of the things that a lot of people search for and find confusing is the difference between invention and discovery. Understanding the difference between invention and discovery is the first step in categorizing the difference between the two. It is essential to know the exact difference between the two to categorize discovery and invention into two distinct entities. 

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Discovery can be defined as the recognition of something that exists as something new. Discoveries generally occur when something has been found for the first time ever. 

  • The act of exploring or finding something new that has not been found before is referred to as a discovery. The act of designing or creating a mental object or a service that has not been created before is termed an invention.
  • Discoveries are generally natural occurrences and are present until discovered by somebody, while inventions are human-made or scientific occurrences of objects that exist because of the willpower and creation of human beings.
  • Discovery elicits the process of exploration of the world around human beings. An invention involves the process of experimentation.
  • Discovery cannot be patented while an invention can be patented by the creator of that invention.
  • Discoveries generally occur by accident while inventions typically occur as a result of the process of intentional creation.

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