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Taiwan wins six gold medals at Paris invention fair

2012/05/08 17:14:50

Paris, May 8 (CNA) Taiwan won six gold, 11 silver and 36 bronze medals at the Concours Lepine invention fair in Paris on Monday.

The Taiwanese inventions that won gold included a drug dosage safety system designed by Yeh Ming-li, associate professor of Oriental Institute of Technology's Department of Nursing; an emergency table light by an Asian University Taiwan student Lin Li-wei; and a portable LED reading lamp designed by a Taiwanese company Shih Shu Wen Hua.

Inventor Ou Chih-ming, who won a gold medal at last year's show, took another gold this year with his removable keyboard designed for tablet PCs.

Ou's keyboard can be attached to tablet PC touch screens for use by the visually impaired and those prefer typing on a normal keyboard.

Another Taiwanese inventor who had entered the competition before, Chen Chien-an, won a gold medal this year with his oxygen water dispenser. He had submitted the dispenser at last year's show but improved the design this year by making the machine smaller.

The Paris fair presents good opportunities for inventors to expand their markets in Europe, according to Ou. For instance, he said, he received 20,000 orders from a French dealer for his detachable keyboard.

Other participating companies also said the fair not only helps to give them more visibility but also attracts research institutes and factories that are seeking partnerships.

Taiwan inventions have the advantage of being practical and many of them have been commercialized, said Hsu Yi-chuan, an associate professor at National United University Department of Industrial Design and head of the Taiwan delegation, at the award ceremony.

The fair is particularly focused on converting creative inventions into commercial products, said Taiwan's representative to France Michel Lu in a separate interview on Tuesday.

French financial institutes and the France Intellectual Property Office, which also had a presence at the fair, can assist inventors with intellectual property and loan applications, Lu said.

Since Taiwan began participating in the fair in 2009, its submissions have been increasing annually, according to Hsu. For example, Taiwan submitted 64 inventions this year compared with 43 in 2011, he said.

Taiwan had the largest foreign delegation at this year's 12-day invention fair, which will end May 8, according to Hsu.

(By Luo Yuan-shao and C.J. Lin)