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UK’S FEMALE INVENTORS STRIVE FOR TOP INVENTION AWARD

Added: (Tue Jan 15 2002)

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The countdown has begun to the British Female Inventor of the Year Awards 2002 event on
7 February at Café Royal, London, where female inventors of a broad range of products and processes compete for top honours.

There are a variety of inventions up for the Patent Office sponsored awards, ranging from an illuminated computer keyboard, textiles with electronic properties to a device which locates wrecks on the seabed. Inventors who are competing for a share of £20,000 worth of prizes will have to show that their inventions are commercial, original and inventive.

This year there are four categories - British Female Inventor of the Year, British Female Innovator of the Year, Young Female Inventor of the Year and a new category, Female Inventors in Industry, devoted to women working in research & development departments.

Founder of the awards, Bola Olabisi of the Professional Family Woman’s Network says: “This is the biggest year for the competition so far and there are so many exciting inventions. It is going to be a tough competition. We hope that the winners will act as role models to inspire younger women to become innovators and inventors themselves.”

Melvyn Rees of The Patent Office agrees. He says: “The UK needs to encourage a steady flow of young creative people, both women and men, to increase competitive ideas for the economy. In awards like this we can bring attention to the scientific, engineering and technological achievements of women. We want to show young women how worthwhile it is to be innovative and that it pays to protect your idea.”
For more information on how to obtain tickets for the awards 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 intellectual property, 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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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. An inventor creates an original product or process, which differs from those already existing.

The British Female Innovator is awarded to an inventor who has spotted a gap in the market and started to market the 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.

The Female Innovator 2001 category was won by Ann Kritzinger with the Doubleback Multiple Copy Short-Run Bookbinding machine.

The Young Female Inventor of the Year 2001 was won by Damini Kumar for her Non-Drip Spout for teapots and other pouring vessels.

14 January 2002


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