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New product development initiative calls for entries of prototypes

18 May 2005 News

The Design Institute, a division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is inviting entries for the Prototype Award scheme. The closing date is Monday, 6 June 2005.

Through this scheme, product developers and inventors are given an opportunity to bring their inventions to the attention of the experts and investors.

The Prototype Award scheme was established to support product designers who require support to develop their prototype designs into fully-fledged products. The Design Institute and the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law joined forces and started a support programme for prototypes in 1997. The programme, aimed at assisting and encouraging new product development in South Africa, has since grown into an independent initiative.

The objectives of this award scheme are to alert product developers to the various financial and business incentives, as well as technical assistance schemes available to them. It also encourages consultation with patent attorneys to protect the designers' or inventors' intellectual property and to increase the commercial benefit of such intellectual property. It is also to encourage the incorporation of the services of professional industrial designers in the process of product development.

A panel of eminent South African designers, engineers and scientists will adjudicate all entries, under the chairmanship of Pieter Dreyer, managing director of Kitemark Product Design, a company specialising in the design of mass products (plastics and metals).

For more information see www.designinstitute.org.za, or contact +27 (0)12 428 7038.





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