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Patent group hands over TV fee.

A GROUP which helped in the making of a TV series for inventors has donated its fee to a Warwickshire charity.

BBC's Innovation Nation broadcast the inventions that came in after a challenge to design a gadget to make life easier.

Volunteers from the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) have advised the inventors on how to protect their designs.

And the group decided to give their pounds 9,000 programme fee to the Intermediate Technology Development Group, based at Bourton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby.

CIPA spokesman Rob Jackson, said: "We all felt the ITDG with its remit to develop appropriate technologies in food production, agro-processing, energy, transport, small enterprise development, shelter, disaster mitigation and small-scale mining was not only a worthy cause but very much in keeping with the work that we do as patent attorneys."

ITDG, which aims to eradicate poverty in developing countries by helping people living there develop and use their own technology, was delighted with the donation.

Margaret Gardner, ITDG's marketing director, said: "I am delighted that the CIPA has chosen ITDG as the charity, and has decided to donate its fees to us.

"It demonstrates the high regard in which ITDG is held for its innovative work in tackling poverty in the developing world."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 22, 2003
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