Pankaj Mishra came with this great story of innovator Sridhara in Economic Times. Several interesting aspects of the story. The innovator is not a programmed reseracher working in lab- he is an user, onemore example of user innovations. Like other user innovations it was aimed at solving practical problem and not extension of scientific thought. Unlike many Indian innovators, he had the foresight to apply for patent. Another surprise was fudning by Tube Investment Limited, who was probably assigned the patent. All innovators reach dead end when convincing Indian users and same story here. An angel (idea champion) comes to the rescue by linking the patented innovation to the market needs in US. And in a typical US way the innovation gets incorporated in industry standard with Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) adopting his invention as part of its ‘code of practice’ .
A great story of Indian innovation with a happy ending.