Skint inventor: ‘I will wind up selling home’
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.”