Let's get it
In May 2003, the initial application for the patent of the right-handed domestic sewing machine was lodged. Complete Patents have been granted in Australia (Granted Pat. No.: 204238888), the UK (Granted Pat No.: GB 2417731), The People's Republic of China (Granted Pat No.: ZL 200480013471.0) and India (Granted Indian Patent No.: 257337).
Patent attorneys in Australia and the U.K. have stated that despite the long period of time for which domestic sewing machines have been configured in the traditional way, there is no evidence or teaching in the prior art that has actually recognized the difficulties in operation encountered by the right-handed operator.
Thus the present invention clearly, unequivocally resides in the recognition of this problem and the provision of a solution to the problem.
This is not just about reversing the configuration of the machine, but to enable the right-handed user to more easily carry out the numerous functions on today's machines.
It is the reason behind the change that makes it novel, and providing the solution, attracts the Inventive Step.
The differences raised between changing the direction of the head on an industrial single function machine, and reversing the configuration of a domestic machine – to cater entirely for the right-handed operator – have been exhaustively addressed, accepted, supported and granted by both the Australian and U.K. patent offices.
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