Mark Sheahan, the British Library's new Inventor in Residence. © BL
The British Library has appointed its first ever ‘Inventor in Residence’ to give advice to aspiring inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Mark Sheahan, inventor of the ‘Squeezeopen’ container, which won him the Inventor of the Year Award in 2003, will be the public face of the Library’s Intellectual Property (IP) collections and services for the next 12 months.
He will be giving a series of free one-to-one advice sessions at the British Library’s Business and IP Centre at its St Pancras site where he will be helping inventors who have products or ideas that need patenting, or who are looking for advice on securing the best licensing agreement.
“Inventing can be a lonely and frustrating pursuit,” said Mark. “If you want to get your idea out of the garden shed and onto the market, perhaps the most important thing you can do is to make connections with other inventors, join an inventors’ club or make use of a resource like the Business and IP centre.”
Mandy Haberman's 'Anywayup Cup'. Mandy used the IP and patent information available at the British Library to protect her award-winning design. © Mandy Haberman
Mark designed, developed, patented and sold his products and had his inventions taken up by major packaging producers in the UK, US and Japan.
“One of the major errors that many inventors make is to try to take their ideas to market without first seeking guidance on how they can best protect and develop it,” he added.
“Through these advice sessions, I hope to offer people who are in the position I was in ten years ago the kind of tips that will help them avoid some of the most common pitfalls and to make the most of their invention.”
To apply for an advice session with Mark visit the British Library website - opens in a new window.. Applications must be in by June 30 2007. The website also has full details of all the services at the Business and IP Centre.