4.9.2 Why to use TRIZ?

Please stop and think: Why should you spend time “reinventing the wheel”? As already stated by G.S. Altshuller, over 90% of problems have already been solved, so why not to use your time in a more efficient way!

Nowadays no firm can afford to be passive with regard to new technological trends, all efforts need to be concentrated on developing new products, technologies and services or improving existing ones.


  1. Problems and solutions are repeated across industries and sciences. The classification of the contradictions in each problem predicts the creative solution to that problem.
  2. Patterns of technical evolution are repeated across industries and sciences.
  3. Creative innovations use scientific effects outside the field where they were developed.1

G.S. Altshuller screened over 200,000 patents looking for inventive problems and how they were solved. Of these (over 1,500,000 patents have now been screened), only 40,000 had somewhat inventive solutions; the rest were straightforward improvements.2

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the patent base covers 90 to 95 per cent of worldwide research results. Making good use of the patents would reduce research time by 60 per cent and research costs by 40 per cent.3

1 http://www.triz-journal.com/
A CSC White Paper, European Office of Technology and Innovation. What Innovation Is. How companies develop operating systems for innovation, p.19