By Joel Cheong
Consider the following fictitious scenario:
Eddy Sun is a seasoned engineer who developed a prototype of a self-powering cold fusion lamp for refrigerators in the 90s that provides both illumination and refrigeration effect, but due to management shelving the prototype in favour of eco-friendly refrigerants, a patent application for the prototype was only filed in early 2015.
Tetsu Lau is a brilliant college undergraduate who experienced a brief flash of ingenuity while intoxicated during a foam party and conceptualized a theoretically workable self-powering cold fusion lamp to keep his beer cold and stay on after the refrigerator door is closed. Sobering up days later, he filed an application for the invention, which was essentially the same as Eddy Sun’s, in late 2014.
The question now is this: To whom would the patent be granted?