ASA MAGNUSSON FROM SWEDEN WINS EUWIIN 2011 OVERALL TOP AWARD FOR LIFE SAVING DEVICE

Asa Magnusson, the inventor of a life saving equipment for helping lifesaving organisations such as divers as well as guardians and sea-saving associations takes top prize in European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Awards in Reykjavik, Iceland on 8 September. 

 

THE SLIK-STIK – A REVOLUTIONARY NEW CONCEPT BASED AROUND THE IDEA OF A WALKING STICK MAKES BRISTOL WOMAN BRITISH FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 2009

Tanya Ewing
Denise Anstey
British Female Inventor 2009

Denise Anstey of Bristol won the Welsh Assembly Government supported, British Female Inventor of the Year 2009 title with her invention, Slik Stik, at the awards event at the Hilton Hotel Cardiff, Wales on 30 June 2009.

Denise Anstey, a disabled lady who was dissatisfied with the poor ergonomics and basic function of conventional walking sticks came up with the idea with this stick that folds for convenient storage and portability, whilst maintaining a firm and rigid support when extended. A four - position stem adjusts easily to your preferred height while the comfortable and well designed hand grip has a rubberised non-slip coating.

Denise said, “It’s people that matter in this world and I knew then that my invention would target in this way”

There is more to this walking stick as the front of the hand grip incorporates a super bright LED torch light which shines a forward beam and a foot-fall floodlight to ensure safe footing at night on pavements, steps, and other trip hazards. The rear of the handle incorporates a built in panic alarm that can be activated to alert for help.

A further press on the control button provides high intensity red LED strobe lights located down the shaft of the stick, adding safety and security when walking near to traffic or crossing roads.  Better still, the above functions do NOT require the use of disposable batteries therefore ensuring an Eco-Friendly product.

Denise is one  of Baylis Next Generation protégé and has relied on the expertise of engineers at Baylis with their state of the art induction generator system inside SlikStik.

To learn more please visit http://tclproducts.co.uk/ba7080.html



See the list of winners below:


 
INTERNATIONAL BFIIN 2009 AWARD WINNERS
 
Inventor of the Year Award 2009 - Denise Anstey - Slik Stik

Best Business Idea - Sian Brooks Skiweb


Education Award - Paula Sofowora Discover Nigeria


Product Development & Design - Ermila Smith Winter in Venice, Pamper Beautiful


Capacity Building Initiatives or Products - SACOMA


Exceptional Creative Award - Jane Rafter Slinks


Product Development & Packaging - Ermila Smith Winter in Venice, Pamper Beautiful


Inventors/Innovators In Industry - Dr Hanna Syulska-Lawrence Mars Microscopy Substrates


Global Organisation Award - Croatian Association of Inventors


International Award - Ivana Zilljak Infraredesign


 

Morag Hutcheon from Melbourne, Hertfordshire
Product development

Presented with The BFIIN Product Development Gold Award in 2006

Morag Hutcheon was determined to invent her product.   Her combination of creativity and engineering were put to test on major projects for Toshiba, BT and Whirlpool. Her products have won Best New Product Innovation at CES in the USA and generated significant revenues for her client. Her detailed knowledge of Chinese high volume manufacturing technology is considerable.  She founded and designed derelict a  5000sq ft barn in Hertfordshire where her company is based and it won the Eastern region category of a national building competition.
Find out more about Morag, her product and her achievement…

 
Morag Hutcheon from Melbourne, Hertfordshire

Innovative Product :  Pre.vu

It has been created and developed, a listening devise built into a standard CD jewel case.  This product is a global first.  It allows people to listen to up to 60seconds of audio on a CD jewel case before they buy it.  There are no barriers to language or content making pre.vu a global product. 

Town & Country:       Melbourne, Hertfordshire, UK
Email:       morag@origgio.co.uk       
Website:               
www.origgio.co.uk / www.pre.vu/ www.quadro-consult.com
Career History:  Design Director
Education:   Graduated in 3D Arts & Design
Awards:    Won 4 awards at Colchester Institute, BFIIN Product Development Gold Award in 2006

Achievements: 
Her achievement was when she created/invented pre.vu.  introduction of other basic products such as gift tags, flowers and other audio labelling products which have attracted the interests of Mark & Spencer amongst others.

Overcoming a difficult situation:
Convincing people to overcome the acceptance of new ideas. Having a conviction and belief that an idea will bring benefits and pleasure to the public drove the team forwards.  Building and testing prototypes and enjoying the pleasure the product gives to consumers, raising of  funds to allow the project to be developed wasn’t easy.  The inventor had the the idea for some time but any realisation has been thwarted  by the cost of the technology.  Finances difficult  to get.


 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY MONITORING DEVICE MAKES PERTHSHIRE WOMAN FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 2008

Tanya Ewing
Tanya Ewing
British Female Inventor 2008

Tanya Ewing 39, inventor of EWGECO an energy-monitoring device that uses a ‘traffic-light’ display to show real-time use of electricity, water and gas took home the top prize as Inventor of the Year at the tenth annual British Female Inventor and Innovator of the Year Awards in Cardiff on Tuesday 11 March. Tanya Ewing, who won the top British Female Inventor of the Year award, invented the EWGECO device and has applied for an international patent for it. She has no formal engineering or product design training, having left school at 17 to take up a vocational career as a dental hygienist. As a dyslexic herself, she was very keen to develop an easy-to-read ‘traffic-light’ display for her energy monitoring device.

It was Tanya’s frustration at trying to extract useful information from her utility bills, coupled with her concern for improving energy efficiency, that gave her the idea of designing a single device to display how much energy and water a building is using at any moment.

See the list of winners below:


 
BFIIN 2008 AWARD WINNERS
 
Inventor of the Year Award 2008 - Tanya Ewing - EWGECO

Innovator of the Year -Gaynor Morgan Incostress


Exceptionally Creative Product - Andrea Linzer Fine Porcelain Products


BAWE Best Business Idea - Tanya Ewing EWGECO


Best Product Development - Natalie Ellis Road Refresher
Best Product Development - Gaynor Morgan Incostress


Capacity Building - Anne Bowen Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure



Health & Beauty Award - Dee Wright The Hairforce – Lice Asassins



 

Chairman’s Award – presented to Equalitec for contributing to the growth of GWIIN  

THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH SPEED SECURITY HARDWARE ARCHITECTURES MAKES BELFAST WOMAN FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 2007

Dr Maire McLoone
Dr Maire McLoone
British Female Inventor 2007

Dr Maire McLoone, inventor of a product that enhances security mechanisms to protect the public from cyber criminals, such as hackers and identifies thieves, beat off strong competition from other contenders to win the top prize in the British Female Inventors & Innovators Awards 2007 on Tuesday 24 April 2007.In the event at the Café Royal, London, the inventor triumphed with her innovation from Institute of electronics, communications and information technology (ECIT), Queen’s University, Belfast. The research work into high speed security architectures was conducted solely by Dr McLoone, who holds a prestigious UK Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship at ECIT. Her product required thorough background research which demonstrated the need for real-time data security. Dr McLoone succeeded in developing high-speed security architectures providing a potential solution of real-security.

West Yorkshire, innovator Emily Cummins was named the Innovator of the Year 2007 for her Solar Evaporation Refrigerator. The refrigerator provides an opportunity to improve life for people in the 3rd world as they will be in a position to store food for much longer than they can now. 19 year old, Emily Cummins who is currently a student of Leeds University explained that developing a product for a real life situation has provided her with an opportunity that many will never have and as she had the chance to visit South Africa she decided to take it and keep trying to develop her product until she reaches her goal of commercial production. The event, now in its ninth successful year, is organised by the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) with support from Equalitec – an european part-funded project by the European Social Fund, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), London Metropolitan University, UK Trade & Investment, National Physics Laboratory, London Remade and Business Link London and many more organisations.

See the list of winners below:


 
 

BFIIN 2007 AWARD WINNERS

The British Female Inventor 2007 - Dr. Maire McLoone - Institute of electronics, communications and information technology (ECIT)


Female Innovator of the Year -Emily Cummins Solar Evaporation


Inventor/Innovation Diamond Winner - Elaine Stephen Walkodile
Inventor/Innovation Gold Winner - Rachel Jones Totseat
Inventor/Innovation Silver Winner - Elizabeth Paul Menitest - Meningitis Home Testing Kit
 

 


Exceptional Creativity Diamond Winner - Emily Cummins Solar Evaporation
Exceptional Creativity Gold Winner - Kate Pullinger Digital Fiction
Exceptional Creativity Silver Winner - Marriane Forrest Transformations
 

 


ITEC Platinum Winner - Dr. Maire McLoone Institute of electronics, communications and information technology (ECIT)
ITEC Diamond Winner - Kathryn Bullock Villas For Travel
ITEC Gold Winner - Christina Domecq Spinvox Voice
ITEC Silver Winner - Eleanor Ford LikeCube ltd
 

 


Higher Education Diamond Winner - Dr Liping Zhang Lost Caronate Sintering Process for Manufacturing Porous Metals
Higher Education Gold Winner - Kate Pullinger Digital Fiction

 


Product Development Diamond Winner - Elaine Stephen Walkodile
Product Development Gold Winner Cintra - Jaggan-Vince Dressing Strap

 


Environment Diamond Winner - Gayle Blanchflower OutABox®
Environment Gold Winner -Michelle Brand Flowerfall Design
Environment Silver Winner - Zawadi Seas The Evolution of Naturual Talent (TENT)

 


Capacity Building Diamond Winner - Susan Williams Vision On
Capacity Building Gold Winner - Brigitte Francois SignVideo

 



Innovative Business Diamond Winner - Brigitte Francois SignVideo
Innovative Business Gold Winner - Pauline Ryder Farm Fresh Express
 

 


Best Business Idea Diamond Winner - Christina Domecq Spinvox Voice
Best Business Idea Gold Winner -Lucky Dissanayake Dakini Books

 


Chairman’s Award – presented to Frank Landamore for Inventique

 

 


 

 

 

 

MORAG HUTCHEON BFIIN 2006 AWARD WINNER
 

Morag Hutcheon from Hertfordshire won the British Female Inventor of the Year 2006 title with her invention, Pre.vu, a music sampling device built into a standard CD jewel case at the awards event at the Guildhall, London on 21 February.

Founder of the awards, Bola Olabisi said,

“This year we had outstanding entries ranging from high tech gadgets to creative works such as fashion.

All of them illustrate how resourceful women are in terms of problem-solving to improve our lives.”


 

British Female Inventor of the Year 2006
Morag Hutcheon
 

OTHER PRIZES AWARDED WERE:

Female Innovator of the Year 
Jayne Lawton from Cheshire for Grobox (Platinum Award)

Megan Beynon from Winchester for Peridot (Gold Award)

Samantha Fountain from Surrey for Shewee (Silver Award)

Special Recognition 
Joyce Young from Glasgow for the Tartan Spirit Collection 

Sian Sutherland, Tanya Mackay and Kathy Miller from London for Mama Mio-Maternity Skincare 


Innovator/Inventor in the Industry 
Dr Helen Lee from Cambridge for Diagnostics For The Real World Ltd (Platinum Award)

Julie Baker from Hartfordshire for Antifoggant in Black and White Graphic Arts Films (Gold Award)


Innovation in ITEC 
Megan Beynon from Winchester for Peridot (Platinum Award)

Ruth Woodward from Oxford for Terahertz (Gold Award)

Kerstin Kleese-Van Dam from Cheshire for Effective Management of Scientific Data  (Silver Award)



Higher Education & Learning Institutes 
Dr Helen Ford from Bedford for Optical Coherence Tomography (Platinum Award)

Dr Rana el Kaliouby from Cambridge for Cars with Emotional Intelligence & Others (Gold Award)

Dr Lorraine Gamman from London for Gripper (Silver Award)



Exceptionally Creative Award Winner 
Joyce Young from Glasgow for the Tartan Spirit Collection (Gold Award)

Anita Witter from London for Jewel Isle Rum Punch  (Silver Award)



Product Development Award Winner 
Morag Hutcheon from Hertfordshire for Pre.vu (Gold Award)

Julie Bank from Cambridge for Antifoggant in black and white graphic art films  (Silver Award)



Capacity Building Initiatives and Projects 
Amanda Chessell from Hampshire for CORBA OTS Transaction IBM  (Gold Award)

Abigail Cookie from London for Gigart (Silver Award)



Young Inventors under 18 
Meroe Dalphinis from Ilford for Pop Up Interactive Book “Dangers of Chat Rooms” (Platinum Award)

Heather Lewis and Kathy Walker from Pembrokeshire for Super Safe Ladder (Gold Award)

Fatima Altaf from London for Travel Game “Human Body” (Silver Award)



The GWIIN Chairman Discretionary Award 
Jean Bartlett of The Bag lady
 

 

CRIME-FIGHTING INVENTION MAKES STAFFORDSHIRE WOMAN THE FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 2005

 

 
 



 

Deborah Leary inventor of a product to help police collect evidence at crime scenes, beat off strong competition from other contenders to win the top prize in the British Female Inventors & Innovators Awards 2005 on Thursday 17 February.

In the event at the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, the Tamworth inventor triumphed with her Forensic Anti-Contamination Stepping Plates. Her product allows the police to walk around a crime scene without making contact with the ground. Deborah's clear polycarbonate plastic stepping plates also enable officers to see the crime scene more easily than other alternatives on the market and are lightweight and stackable. She has a registered design for the plates.

Welsh inventor Adrianne Jones was named the Innovator of the Year 2005 for her Biocycle, biodegradable tree shelter and seedling cover, which is used to protect young trees. The product is an alternative to plastic tree shelters, which are more difficult and costly to dispose of.

WINNERS
The eight other inventors in the top 10 were:

Simi Belo of London for Newhair, a new type of wig
Joanne Bradford of Telford for the Holi-Doze inflatable travel cot
Toni Jane Cherrett of Alderney for the Trover dog coat
Cheryl Cullen of Essex for the Kitten-Pole portable dance pole
Celia Gates of Colchester for Handl Cookware
Cintra Jaggan-Vince of London for the Sling Jacket
Liz Paul of Harrogate for Scentuelle, libido stimulation patch
Liz Williams of Denbighshire for Redweb Persona personal safety alarm.

Founder of the awards Bola Olabisi said: "This has been an exceptional year with creative ideas in many different sectors. The awards show that women can solve problems in every environment from domestic to industrial."

FOR THE OTHER CATEGORIES:
Innovative Women in ITEC was won by Akgun Ozkok of Surrey for the Surgical Patient Information System.

Gold award for Support for Product Development went to Wrexham-based
Dr Ann Sudder for the Instant Florist.

Silver award Support for Product Development went to Llanelli's Denise Harris for the Envirocomp Composing System.

Gold award for Exceptional Creative Items was won by Andre Neves and Saba Alden of Surrey for Kayapo jewellery.

Silver award for Exceptional Creative Items was won by Yana Johnson for Yana Cosmetics.

Gold award for Capacity Building Initiatives of Projects was won by Frances Williams of London for Interims for Development, knitting skills project.

Silver award for Capacity Building Initiatives or Projects was won by Lorlett Hudson of London for One Hand Can't Clap, an organisation aiming to make a difference to our environment.

WINNERS
The event, was in its sixth successful year, is organised by the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) with support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), UK Trade & Investment, the University of Greenwich and the Knowledge Dock at the University of East London (UEL).

The awards were presented by Professor Michael Thorne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London.

The Knowledge Dock at UEL has been set up to work with industry and help inventors and entrepreneurs develop their ideas into world-beating products.

 GLOBAL FEMALE INVENT & INNOVATE CONFERENCE & AWARDS
2004 WINNER - SINGAPORE


 

 
 


SINGAPORE YOUNG FEMALE INVENTORS & INNOVATORS UNDER 19 YEAR OLD WINNERS

 

 
 

DIAMOND AWARD
Evie Ng Lee Teng ITE East (Bedok) Recycling of Waste Water from Basin to Flushing Cistern

GOLD AWARD
Lam Yoke Theng Michelle & Lee Zheng Yi of Anglican High School Electric Bulb Changer

SILVER AWARD
Angelina Tan Yee Ting & Wong Yi Jie Anglican High School Non-Drip Ice Cream Holder

BRONZE AWARD
Tan Wei Tin Anglican High School Poo Picker

 

 
 

 

 
 

CRIME-FIGHTING INVENTION MAKES STAFFORDSHIRE WOMAN THE FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR

 

 
 


 

GWIIN PANEL OF JUDGE'S SELECTION OF THE TOP 10:

Karen Welman from the United Kingdom with Her 37degrees Range Of Baby Clothing

Pia Merikoski from Finland with her Process for Biotechnical Finishing of Wool

Olivia Lum from Singapore with Aquovate

Carolyn Moretto from United Kingdom with her Baby-Nose Clear

Liz Williams from United Kingdom with her Redweb Personal Defence Systems

Cintra Jaggan-Vince from the United Kingdom with the Sling Jacket

Visnja McMaster from Croatia with ‘Sweet Posy of Zagreb’ 

Fong Wen Mei Eileen from Singapore Biomimetic processing of Nano Structures

Cindy Chen from Singapore with her pZOOM 

Dr Tuti Mariana Lim from Singapore with her system and method using cool hydrogen flame for destruction of VOCs and odorous compounds

 

 

FEMALE INVENT CONFERENCE 2003

 

 
 

Global Special Recognition Award Winners 2003

Eco-friendly Recycling used tyres - Rama Anand, India
Pia Gunharden Colan - Carpe Novum Science Show Concept, Sweden
Mensa Scarf & Cover Set - Salome Oseku-Afful, UK
Herbal Composition - Dr Eladevi Shah, UK
Kanconnect/the Dingo - Karen Neasmith, UK
Bloom Dead Sea Products - Elham Zeadat, Kingdom of Jordan
QUIN website/Royal Natural Snack - Elinora Inga Sigurdardottir, Iceland
Glass Smackers - Louise Dale Fowler, UK
Mother of Invention in Egypt - Liala Abdel Monem, Egypt
Campaigning for a Fairer System of IPR - Mandy Haberman, UK

 

 
 


Top Ten GWIIN Inventors 2003

 

 
 

Breath Of life Constant Delivery Resuscitator - Norma Doris McCulloch, New Zealand
Boob Clothing for Nursing Mothers - Mia Cecilia Seipel, Sweden
Illuminating Stone - Ulla Pohjola, Finland 
Glass Bend Liquid Culture Technology - Dr Seema Prakash, India
Loom for Kente Oke Fabric - Princess Adelaide Ofori-Olagbaju, Nigeria/Ghana/UK
The Wig Making Work - Kolfinna Knutsdottir, Iceland
The Green Factory - Professor Margareta Welander, Sweden
Bodybaster - Caroline Wagstaff, UK
Absorbent Article - Solgun Drevik, Sweden
Perfume Partner - Rachel Quayle, UK

The Young Female Inventors of the Year winners:

Harriet Hall age 9 in 1st place for her invention The Rubbish Bill Buster
Eleanor Jones age 16 in 2nd place for Top-E1-Arm
Joint third place went to Jenna Hawkins age 11 for her All-round Communicator and Sonja Mansfield-Smith age 16 for her Walk Easy.

 

 

 

BFIIN 2002 Award Winner
BFIIN Award Winner
Gloucester chemist, Ithiel Mogridge produced the Safe Paint & Varnish Remover as a safer alternative to products already on the market.

Ithiel, who owns a small chemicals company, Action Products Ltd, uses non-toxic ingredients to make DIY products.

Her Safe Paint & Varnish Remover, for which she has filed a patent application, can be used to remove most oil and water-based paints and varnishes that a decorator will encounter.

Approved as an environmentally safe product by the Ark Advisory Panel.
 
Ithiel Mogridge
   
 NIGERIAN AWARD WINNERS 2004OLUSEYI OLUKAYODE ADEOSUN from Ogun State for her Bottle Mouth Invention
NIGERIAN FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

TOMILOLA AWONIYI from Oyo State for Lizvic Special Pap (OGI - a nutritious maize powder) NIGERIAN FEMALE INNNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

FEENI OLUWATOYIN KUBOYE from Delta State for 'Taraami' - a range of Herbal beauty Products HIGHLY COMMENDABLE AWARD

FRANCESCA Y. EMANUEL for Life Time Work Fostering an Enabling Environment for Women SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF INNOVATIVE WOMEN AWARD

VICTORIA FOLASHADE THOMAS from Lagos State for her innovative locally hand-woven Nigerian Fabric THE AFRICAN MAJESTY AWARD

IYANDA ADUKE FUNMILOLA from Oyo State for her innovative TV programme 'New Dawn' SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

ABIOYE EDIALE from Lagos State for her innovative and creative bags 'Mon Sac'
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

KOFOWOROLA ORIJA from Lagos State for her innovative Bloom Cancer Care and Support Center SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

CHIKWENDU VICTORIA OBIOMA from Abia State for her innovative initiatives i.e. Drama "Victim: DELE.." and Music Album - "INVISIBLE LOVE" SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

ADEJUYITAN OLUKEMI BOSEDE from Osun State for her Nigerian Abang Dancer (Hanger and Fashion Accessories Compartment - Stylised Figure.) SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

HAJIA WASILAT ADENIKE AKOMOLAFE from Lagos State for her innovative fabric material highlighting African designs like Batik, screen printing designs, tie and dye with unique tailoring and embroidery designs SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

 FEMALE INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 2001 CLARE NEWTON OWES AWARD SUCCESS TO ACCIDENT 

“So many people buy coffees when they’re laden down with bags and risk burning themselves, that I decided to find a solution,” Clare Newton

Invention idea springing from an accident has made a North London designer the British Female Inventor of the Year 2001.

Clare Newton beat other competitors at the event at the Café Royal to land first place in the British Female Inventor of the Year Award 2001 supported by The Patent Office and the Small Business Service. 

She invented the patented Cup Carrier two years ago after burning her left arm up to her elbow as she struggled to carry her bags and drink on the way to work from a café

To minimise the risk in the future, Clare set about creating a product that would make it easy to carry a hot drink if you were already carrying baggage. Her three-in-one design allows you to hold a cup in three different ways via a handle at either the side, the top or by forming a cradle to support a cup in a paper bag. 

The Cup Carrier is also registered as a design, and a top hotel chain has licensed it from her to distribute to all its overnight guests.

Clare who used her design registration to strike the deal sees intellectual property as a key aspect for all inventors to consider if they want to make a success of their product.

“Protecting my invention has given me extra clout in negotiations. The fact that you’ve taken the trouble to protect your invention sends a message to a potential licensee that you are serious about your product and that it is unique,” she says 

 

 
IMandy Hamberman

British Female Inventor 2000 Award Winner

nspired by her own child suffering from Stickler’s syndrome, graphic designer Mandy Haberman designed a feeder for babies with sucking difficulties.

The Haberman feeder was patented in the UK in 1984 and Mandy Haberman initially set up her own company to commercialize the product worldwide before granting manufacturing and distribution licenses.

The product’s success was significant, though the nature of the product limited its distribution to a very narrow market.
   
   
A few years later, Mandy Haberman, inspired this time by a friend’s child spilling blackcurrent juice over a cream coloured carpet, decided to set out to design a leak-proof cup that seals between sips and created the Anywayup® cup. In 1992, the first of many patents was filed (patent no. GB-B-2266045). The patent protected her idea that uses a slit valve to control the flow of liquid through the spout of trainer cup. Additional patents both for the UK and overseas were later filed and granted.

Prototypes of the innovative product were offered for licensing to 18 companies concerned with the manufacture of products for infants. Although the response was enthusiastic, for various reasons, no license was issued. Therefore, in 1996, Mandy Haberman decided to join forces with a Cardiff-based marketing company that specialized in marketing innovative products and the Anywayup® cup started to sell in unprecedented numbers (a rate of 60,000 a week). Shortly after, a US company signed an exclusive USA licensing agreement to manufacture and sell the product under the Tumble Mates brand. Over 10 million cups are now sold each year worldwide.

As is often the case, the Anywayup® cup risked of being a victim of its own success. Just 18 months after the product was launched, Mandy Haberman discovered that one of the UK companies she had initially approached for licensing was making a very similar product to the Anywayup® cup. Mandy Haberman decided to sue the other company and won the legal battle. An injunction preventing further infringement of the patent was ordered and the appeal was abandoned shortly thereafter as an out of court settlement was reached.

Over the years, Mandy Haberman and the Anywayup® cup have won numerous invention awards including the British Female Inventor of the Year award in 2000 a Gold Medal at the Salon International des Inventions in Geneva as well as the UK’s top design industry awards. Today Mandy Haberman is a successful entrepreneur and has taken an active role in policy-making acting as adviser to the UK government and the Patent Office on intellectual property matters.