We have the honour and privilege of inducting Mr. Dalchand into the inventor’s Hall of Fame. The inventor’s Hall of Fame is a concept that was created a few years ago to encourage young persons especially in Trinidad and Tobago, to think about being the next great inventor and to be inspired by those who toiled and became successful…” These were the words spoken by the Controller of the Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO), Mr. Regan Asgarali on the 29th of January 2019, as he inducted Mr. Ken Dalchand, a Trinbagonian engineer, into the TTIPO inventor’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Dalchand has a total of four (4) granted Industrial Design applications at the TTIPO. One of these designs (TT/F/2013/00006) entitled “Trash and Silt Trapper Combo” has been implemented in the Bamboo No. 3 area of Trinidad and Tobago and has resulted in the prevention of floods in the area.
Mr. Dalchand replied to this act of recognition with the following response:
“It is with great honour that I accept this token of recognition from the IPO, because it allows me the privilege to use this platform as a voice to inspire the future generation of scientists, engineers, problem-solvers and innovators. More now than ever, we need solutions to help shift our planet away from its projected collision course with climate change.
Global warming is challenging our very existence and this is why it is imperative that we inspire future generations of problem solvers, so that they can innovate the much needed solutions for our planet’s survival and prosperity.
However, in order to affect change, we must see ourselves as an intricate thread in the fabric of our planet. A thread that if ravaged by greed, selfishness and self-absorbency, can unravel the entire fabric leading to devastation of our planet and ultimately our humanity.
We must look to the future with a heightened sense of urgency and conviction to challenge ourselves, think bigger and do much more in partnership with others to take care of the planet that we not only share but that has nurtured our very existence. A planet whose well-being is unfortunately being bulldozed by selfish, profitable greed.
My innovations are just a small way to help alleviate the effects of such climate change. And I know that if all of us here along with the future generations garner a mind-set of working together and nurturing our very nurturer, Planet Earth, through flooding solutions, reduction in carbon footprints, greener technology and infrastructure, we will thrive. Why? Because our planet thrives and that’s what true innovation is . Change, big or small that we can work together on that not just benefits the quality of our lives but insures humanity’s prosperity.”
Mr. Dalchand also made history yesterday by being the first citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to utilize the E-Filing (e Haugue) system of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in order to successfully apply for industrial design rights in six (6) countries simultaneously.