As an inventor, it is important to understand how the patent system works and to do as much as you can to protect your intellectual property before you share information.
I learned a lot when I made my first invention, the Haberman Feeder and it was a great experience for what came next - the Anywayup Cup.
I knew the Anywayup Cup had great commercial potential, so I spent a lot more on intellectual property rights, registering patents in all my strategic markets - but it paid off! I had to take infringing companies to court in the UK, Europe and the USA but my patents held up.
By protecting my ideas, I was finally able to secure my position in the market and reap the benefit from years of hard work! The Anywayup cup technology revolutionised the nursery market and valved cups are now the standard worldwide.
I would have lost everything if I had allowed people to continue infringing.