Our ideas are very much our own – and we are proud of our scientific research and achievements. We spend years developing and testing our products to prove that they genuinely perform and really do improve the horse’s performance.
The Performance Girth (GB Patent 2488030), for example, was more than two years in the making before its debut at the 2012 Olympics where it was dubbed “Team GBR’s secret weapon”. Our Performance Panel was the subject of a seven-year study into the effect of saddle pressure on the horse’s thoracic vertebrae.
Sadly, whenever there’s a great idea, there’s always someone who will want to copy it, duplicate its success and sell the idea as their own. This is why game-changing designs and inventions such as ours are protected by patents.
What is a patent?
A patent is a protection granted by the Government to inventors of new and innovative products. It stops others copying the design or making or selling the invention. It gives the inventor the right to take legal action against those who infringe the patent.
When are patents granted?
Patents are granted to new inventions which have never been seen or made before. Patented inventions must have a practical use and they must be innovative or involve an innovative step that would not be considered obvious, even to someone with good knowledge of the subject.
Applying for a patent and having it granted is an expensive and time-consuming business. In-depth information and details have to be submitted about the product and lengthy searches are conducted by the Intellectual Property Office to ensure that nothing similar exists already.
We go to the trouble because patents are crucial for technological innovation and innovation is crucial if we expect our horses to perform comfortably to the best of their ability.