IP Australia has announced it would like to congratulate the 2008 Grand Final winner of the ABC TV series The New Inventors.
Commenting on the popular television program, Director General, IP Australia, Philip Noonan said the program provides a strong platform for Australian inventors to showcase their products to the nation and potential markets.
“We are very proud to support the Inventor of the Year and the Young Inventors’ Bright Spark, Rachel Latimer with financial support to go towards IP training or advice,” he said.
The winning invention came from Queensland manufacturer Dean Cameron who developed Joinlox, a unique mechanical fastening system of interlocking castellated hooks which look much like the battlements of a ‘castle’ and fastened with a locking ‘key’ element.
The Joinlox system is extremely versatile allowing the user to attach different materials while maintaining enormous structural integrity. The invention stood out from competitors because of its commercial applicability to industries as diverse as bridge construction and aerospace engineering.
Mr Cameron is seeking patent protection for the innovative Joinlox system in Australia and various countries in Europe, South America and Asia. The series final featured a competitive field of five finalists.
The winner was selected based on six criteria: originality, design, manufacture, pricing, marketability and safety. Commenting on the New Inventors program, Mr Noonan said it’s wonderful to have a program which helps educate audiences about the ability to convert good ideas into business success.
“Also, the program nurtures an appreciation of IP as a source of competitive advantage,” he added.
IP Australia has been supporting The New Inventors program for the past four years and is committed to raising awareness of the value of IP in Australia.