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Taiwan competes for invention prize in France

Taiwan competes for invention prize in France

Paris, April 30 (CNA) Taiwanese entries made a strong showing at the Concours Lepine International Paris 2010, a world-renowned contest for inventions that opened Friday in the French capital.
With 17 inventions in the running, Taiwan is the third-largest competitor behind Poland, with 31 entries, and China with 27.
The most distinguishing characteristic of this year's contest is that most of the entries are already on the market, said Hsu I-chuan, chief of the Taiwanese delegation and a professor in the department of Industrial Design at National United University in northern Taiwan's Miaoli County.
He said that according to global statistics, only three out of every 100 inventions make it as far as commercial production.
The 17 Taiwanese entries cover a wide range of categories and include a cake knife, an ergonomic chair, an umbrella incoporating its own lighting system, an emergency kit that can be transformed into a rope, and a tea cup that automatically separates tea leaves from water.
Other notable entries include an air cleaning system invented by Hsiao Yen-kun that has already won numerous international prizes and is being widely applied in the manufacture of respiratory care equipment.
Concours Lepine International Paris is now in its 109th year.
There are 14 countries taking part in this year's contest, with more than 500 inventions. The winners will be announced May 8.
(By Lo Yuen-shao and Hsin-Yin Lee)