Skint in­ven­tor: ‘I will wind up sell­ing home’

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BRAIN­BOX Trevor Baylis has an­nounced he’s skint – de­spite hav­ing in­vented one of the most-used pieces of tech­nol­ogy ever.

Baylis ( above), 75, cre­ated the wind-up ra­dio in the 1990s but 20 years on is be­ing forced to sell his home to sur­vive.

Patent laws al­low man­u­fac­tur­ers to tweak prod­ucts and sell them on with­out paying roy­al­ties, which can leave the orig­i­nal ideas men out of pocket.

Baylis, who was awarded an OBE in 1997 af­ter in­vent­ing over 250 prod­ucts, is sell­ing his home on Eel Pie Is­land, South Twick­en­ham, where he lives in seclu­sion.

He said: “I’ve got some­one coming around in the next cou­ple of weeks to do a val­u­a­tion on my house.

“I’m go­ing to have to sell it or re­mort­gage it – I’m to­tally broke. I’m liv­ing in poverty here.”

Baylis said the Government should do more to pro­tect in­ven­tors from be­ing shafted.

He said: “Stu­dents need to be taught about in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.”

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