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GLOUCESTER WOMAN COULD WIN TOP INVENTION AWARD FOR PAINT STRIPPERGLOUCESTER WOMAN COULD WIN TOP INVE

Added: (Fri Jan 25 2002)

Pressbox (Press Release) - A woman who has developed a non-toxic biodegradable paint and varnish stripper could win the British Female Inventor of the Year 2002.

Gloucester Chemist, Ithiel Mogridge, who has produced the Safe Paint & Varnish Remover as a safer alternative to products already on the market, is a finalist in The Patent Office sponsored event taking place on 7 February at the Cafe Royal London. Ithiel, who owns a small chemicals company, Action Products Ltd, uses non-toxic ingredients to make DIY products. Her Safe Paint & Varnish Remover, for which she has filed a patent application, can be used to remove most oil and water-based paints and varnishes that a decorator will encounter. Her main customers are currently local authorities but she would like to expand to a broader market. Her product has been approved as an environmentally safe product by the Ark Advisory Panel.

Ithiel says: “I want to contribute to a better environment by creating products that are less harmful than everyday alternatives. I have therefore created a range of DIY goods that are safe and pose no threats to either the people manufacturing them or the people who use them.”

Ithiel 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 can be active in all areas of innovation. We hope that the finalists will be an inspiration to young females everywhere.”

Melvyn Rees of The Patent Office says: “There’s also a new category which is dedicated to the women working behind the scenes in research & development departments. We hope this will offer budding 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.

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Issued by Prowse & Co on behalf of The Patent Office.

For more press information, please contact:
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

For more information about Action Products Ltd, tel: 01454 228 702 or e-mail action.products@virgin.net

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.

24 January 2002

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