Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Plymouth "Meet the Inventors" event

Meet the Inventors and Cracking Ideas

To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April, Plymouth PatLib UK held two events in the Central Library on Wednesday 23 April.

Pupils from Holy Cross, a local primary school, came to the Children’s Library to learn about Cracking Ideas – a competition run by the Intellectual Property Office. 9-11 year olds are invited to think up inventions and so learn about the importance of protecting their ideas.

The pupils were a very enthusiastic and enterprising group and took great interest in some whacky patents and in the much more practical products brought along by our other group of visitors from two local inventors clubs.

Members of the South West Inventors Club and the Wadebridge and Cornwall Inventors Club came to our Meet the Inventors event in the Central Library. In order to encourage interest in innovation and to demystify the world of intellectual property, the public were invited to have a chat and refreshments with the inventors to discover the dos and don’ts of developing ideas and getting them out into the world. There was a steady flow of visitors who showed great interest in the whole process from idea to market.

We look forward to building on these relationships and to more activities in the future to build regional interest in innovation.

Diana Bale

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