I am in process of patenting a device and was wondering if the order of the inventor has any significance?
If there are 3 or 4 inventors, is there any special preference given to the first author? (Analogy is a and article in a review journal where the first author is the most important.)
If there are 2 people with similar contributions, can we write in acknowledgment section that both are considered co-first authors? I have done this in few journals before.
Again, is the ordering of the authors rigid and is it considered unethical to rearrange the order in our CV?