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Pressbox (Press Release) - A London woman has developed an invention, which is set to light up the computer world and has also put her in contention for top position in the British Female Inventor of the Year award on 7 February at the Café Royal. Singer and songwriter Barbara Sexton has invented the Nightowl computer keyboard which can be lit up to help you work in subdued light".

Barbara, who has filed a patent application for her invention and has registered the design, now has two prototypes. She worked with electronic engineers from Wave Solutions at Birmingham University for the internal structure of the keyboard and Rapid Prototype from Coventry University built the casing.

Songwriter Barbara who has already started to show her product at IT exhibitions says: “The keyboard’s had a very positive response and so I’m at a stage where I’m looking for a manufacturer. I think it’s a product that many people who work at night or while travelling, will find very useful.”

Barbara is one of several inventors competing for the title of British Female Inventor of the Year and a share of up to £20,000 worth of prizes. Founder of the awards, Bola Olabisi says of the entrants: “This year has the broadest range of inventions ever in the history of the competition. It will be fascinating to see who wins the award because the inventions touch on many aspects of science, engineering and technology. The diversity shows that women are active in all areas of innovation. We hope that the finalists will inspire young women everywhere to consider careers as scientists, engineers and technologists.”

Melvyn Rees of The Patent Office says: “The great range of skills showcased at the event will offer budding woman inventors an insight into the exciting projects you can work on if you take up a career as a researcher.”

For more information on the event, please see the British Female Inventor of the Year website www.bfiy.com or write to British Female Inventor of the Year, PFWN, 4 Waverley Gardens, Barking, Essex IG11 0BG.

For more information about patents, trade marks, design registration and copyright, please see The Patent Office website at www.patent.gov.uk or contact The Patent Office Central Enquiry Unit on 08459 500505.

Issued by Prowse & Co on behalf of The Patent Office.
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Deborah Fields or Vicki Fletcher at Prowse & Company on 01372 363 386 or e-mail at deborah@prowse.co.uk or vicki@prowse.co.uk

Editor’s Notes
· The British Female Inventor of the Year is awarded to an inventor who has come up with an original product or process.
· The British Female Innovator is awarded to an inventor who has spotted a gap in the market and started to market her product or process to fill that gap.
· The winner of the British Female Inventor of the Year 2001 was Clare Newton with the Cuptake cupholder.
· Ann Kritzinger won the Female Innovator 2001 category with the Doubleback Multiple Copy Short-Run Bookbinding machine.
· Damini Kumar for her Non-Drip Spout for teapots and other pouring vessels won the Young Female Inventor of the Year 2001.

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31 January 2002

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