CLOCKWORK RADIO inventor Trevor Baylis has called for the ICE and civil engineering firms to help fund an Academy for Invention.
Baylis, whose invention has attracted an order for 500,000 radios from the United Nations, wants to help Britain's inventors get the most from their ideas.He sees the involvement of Britain's civil engineers in the proposed Academy as particularly important.
The new Academy would provide resources and expertise to help inventors develop ideas, make prototypes, navigate through the patent systemand make money from their ideas.
'The first step is to create an umbrella organisation that everybody can trust. So I want the ICE on board with all the other engineering bodies,' he said. The Academy would then set about establishing codes of practice and help in the creation of new laws.
'When most people have a clever idea they don't know what to do with it. Who can they turn to when they are surrounded by crooks, spivs and vulture capitalists? They need a safe place. That is what the Academy would be,' he said.
The inventor added that engineers would benefit from the new institution more than anybody because as problem solvers they were constantly coming up with ideas.
'We can change the image of engineers from oily rags to creative thinkers. It could even make them rich,' Bayliss said. But he added that anyone could join the Academy without the need for particular qualifications.