BRE (Building Research Establishment) and TBBplc have joined forces to bring innovative ideas to the construction and building management Industries. The two organisations have complementary skills in this area - TBBplc evaluates and sources new ideas from inventors and companies, while BRE develops new construction technology.
BRE is promoting the interchange of ideas within the construction industry, and has set up an Intellectual Property exchange where subscribers can review new ideas and technologies. The expertise that TBBplc brings to evaluating the Intellectual Property inherent in new ideas, helps to ensure that good ideas can be successfully transferred into the industrial partners participating in the scheme. Secondly, many of the innovative ideas that TBBplc evaluates have applications in the Construction Industry. We are working in a Joint Venture with BRE to market and sell these.
The two organisations have already conducted extensive trials on the Direct Air Dryer system and the Surface Control 'Slip Guardian' project. Visit the Success Centre for more information on these.
‘The British Construction Industry is one of the best in the world,’ says Martin Wyatt BRE’s CEO, ‘and we want to make sure it stays there by making the best use of the nation’s talent and ideas.’ BRE is the UK’s leading centre of expertise for construction, the built environment, sustainability, energy, fire and many associated issues. It provides research, consultancy, information and testing services to customers worldwide. www.bre.co.uk. BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity (no. 1092193) with a mission to champion excellence and innovation in the built environment for the benefit of all. www.bretrust.org.uk.
TBBplc continues to work closely with the UK Intellectual Property Office. This is the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom, covering: Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright.
The UK IPO provides a wide range of fact sheets, booklets and jargon-free advice. You can find out more by visiting their website: click here
We have recently worked together on such projects as the BBC Watchdog programme, which helped to educate people about the dangers of 'rip-off' invention marketing companies.
Situated in Middlesex in England, the National Physical Laboratory is the United Kingdom's national standards laboratory; an internationally respected and independent centre of excellence in research, development and knowledge transfer in measurement and materials science. For more than a century, NPL has developed and maintained the nation's primary measurement standards - an infrastructure designed to ensure accuracy, consistency and innovation in physical measurement.
To find out more about the National Physical Laboratory, visit the website by clicking here.
From left: Lawrence Smith-Higgins (UK IPO), Trevor Baylis OBE, David Bunting (CEO, TBBplc), Ron Marchant (UK IPO), John Grant (Patent Attorney, TBBplc)
The new laboratory complex at the National Physical Laboratory, UK
TBBplc and NPL work together very closely on the assessment of specific types of new inventions. We have built a close partnership through the joint development and testing of our high-tech Ultrasonic Processor
project using Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) innovation funding. NPL used its patented Cavitation Sensor to probe the active zones in our unique Processor.
Since TBB was established we have been building what we call our 'Industrial Collaborator Network'. This is basically a group of companies with whom we have non-disclosure agreements in place in order for us to send new ideas to them for evaluation and consideration for licensing. A licence agreement normally involves a company paying the inventor a fee for the right to manufacture, sell and / or distribute their invention in certain territories, based on the Intellectual Property that the inventor holds (such as a patent).
The wide range of ideas that we have received to date has resulted in the creation of a diverse network of nearly 300 industrial collaborators. This includes retailers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers, from small companies to multi-national organisations. By working with TBBplc, they have the clear advantage of receiving relevant ideas that have been through our filtration process, whilst benefitting from our management of communications with the individual Inventor and this saves them administrative costs and time.
We have Industrial Collaborators that are particularly interested in the following types of invention:
Aviation / Aeronautical
Building / Construction
Automotive / Car Accessories
Tools / Hardware
Sporting and fitness
Office products / stationary
Bars / soft drink / beverage products
Corporate-branded / gift
Home and Garden
'As seen on TV' items
Waste reduction & recycling
Carbon reduction technology
TBBplc is proud to be a member organisation of IPAN (Intellectual Property Awareness Network) - an informal group of professional and business organisations with a shared interest in improving awareness and understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights. Visit the IPAN website by clicking here
TBBplc gratefully acknowledges Microsoft UK and RS Components for their support of our business activities and for encouraging enterprise, innovation and invention. You can learn more about these companies by visiting their websites: Microsoft UK: http://www.microsoft.com/en/gb
and RS Components: http://www.rswww.com
Formerly a division within the National Physical Laboratory, the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) became an independent Government research centre in 1947. In 1995 NEL was aquired by the TUV group. It is responsible for maintaining British standards for flow measurement as well as conducting independent research and testing. For more information visit the TUV NEL website: http://www.tuvnel.com