BBC Dragons Den Product infringes Millepede patents, UK patent office announces

23 March 2010

The Rapstrap reusable tie strip product featured on the BBC’s Dragons Den program in August 2008 which received a £150,000 investment by Dragons James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne infringes Millepede’s patents, the UK patent office has announced.

The UK Patent office under took at the request of Millepede a full technical review of the claims made by Andrew Harsley, an ex employee of Millepede, with his tie and concluded that it infringes Millepede’s existing patents.

Both parties supplied additional information and details to a senior examiner at the UK patent office to allow his review, and he concluded the Rapstrap product showed no new or unique features and so infringed Millepede existing patents.

The Rapstrap has received major publicity in the UK as the most successful Dragons Den product in the history of the program by securing a £36m order from a major distributor.

Millepede will now look to address this infringement. The full UK patent office adjudication is available by pdf and can be viewed at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-p-opinion-advert.htm