In 2006, at the age of 3, Sam Houghton saw his father sweeping their back yard using two different brooms: one to clear up the larger leaves and twigs and another to pick up finer debris. Believing that there must be an easier way to do the job, Hougton strapped two different brooms together with a large rubber band.
Houghton's father, Dr Rev Mark Houghton (a patent attorney) was impressed by the invention. On 14 October 2006 he filed a patent application at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) naming Sam as the sole inventor. A patent was granted on 2 April 2008 when Sam was 5 years old. Sam's family in West Lancashire are very proud.
Patent applications do not always record ages but a spokesperson for the UKIPO said that they have "never come across anyone as young as Sam who has been successful in their application and believe he is the youngest yet".
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Famous quotes containing the word invention:
“The public values the invention more than the inventor does. The inventor knows there is much more and better where this came from.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
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