ŠKODA also builds on Czech tradition steeped in crafts and trades, while drawing, too, on the inventiveness of engineers and scientists. Ultimately, the brand’s founders themselves, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, were pioneers of mobility at a time when skill and ingenuity were essential. Even Ferdinand Porsche, one of the most important designers in the history of the automobile, had Czech roots. Let’s learn about other inventors hailing from what is now the Czech Republic. You may be using patented items every day without realising their Czech origin.