Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook Inc., was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” today for “creating a new system of exchanging information” and “changing how we all live our lives.”
An innovator is one who changes the way we live. That definitely happened here.
Frenzy over Facebook's US 7,809,805
On invention vs. innovation
Invention vs. Innovation
When innovation is marketing based
Invention and innovation are not the same thing
"And outsourcing can often deliver real innovation, especially in economic development "
It takes more than patents for innovation to occur
An article by Tom Still correctly differentiates the act of "getting a patent" from the result of effecting change ("innovating")
At IPBiz in July 2007:
IPBiz notes that patents were NEVER (originally or otherwise) supposed to be for innovations. Patents are for disclosure of inventions that conform to the requirements of patent law. The difference between innovation and invention is discussed in many places, including at Getting the Patent Reform Wars on Track .