Bonjour! It’s Nancy here – from the soon-to-be world famous pop group Nancy and the Meerkats!
After our first record “Put Your Paws Up” became a massive hit, we’re off on a huge tour of the UK!
We haven’t quite made it to stadium status yet – some of the venues are more Weeny than Wembley – but I’m going to be letting you know what’s been going on each day in my journal for Fun Kids!
The next stop on our tour is Cambridge!
When we got here we decided the best way to advertise our show was to try out a bit of busking!
Well, the crowd loved it – we even made a few Euros.. I mean, pounds!
And we weren’t the only musicians playing, there were loads of people playing lots of different instruments to the passers-by!
Some of them were pretty weird though.There was this one guy that was playing a guitar that looked like it was made of elastic bands!
Big Joe’s a big know-it-all and he said it’s actually an unusual instrument called the logical bassoon!
It’s a crazy invention that apparently came out of Cambridge fifty years ago and was patented by a musician called Giles Brindley.
The traditional type of bassoon is a long thin wind instrument and Big Joe says it’s pretty hard to play.
Luckily, Giles Brindley came along and invented this electronic version of a bassoon and it helped people to play notes in combinations that hadn’t been possible before! Chouette!
Well, I’d never seen one before because although it was a really great idea, it was never really advertised and so no one knew about it!
Big Joe says it goes to show that if you want your invention to be successful then applying for a patent to protect your idea is only the first step.
You have to show people, tell them why it’s so great and make it easy for them to try and buy for themselves.
What is patenting?
A patent protects inventions.
How they are work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. It means that no-one can copy, make, sell or import your invention without your permission.
I guess it’s a bit like us busking – if we don’t tell people we’re putting on a show and give them a taste of our talents then they’ll never know how amazing we are!
What a tragedy that would be! Quelle Domage!
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