Encouraging innovation through intellectual property rights
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Page 5: An intellectual property case study - Ted Prosser

The Patent Office 6 Image 4Many inventions occur by accident.

Ted Prosser, whilst decorating a house, fell off a plank, and dragged his fingers through a solution that he was working with.

When he looked up he noticed a limed oak wood effect had been created on the wall.He wondered whether he could reproduce it as a quick and easy method to create a wood effect for the Do-It-Yourself market.

This led him to approach the Patent Office and he now has two patents, one for the paint process and one for the graining tool that is used. His invention is now the biggest selling wood-care product in the United Kingdom.

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