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The 12 Days of IP

16 December 2015 | Posted in News

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME AN INVENTION THAT FILLED ME WITH GLEE 
This ‘Cracking Party Cracker’ patent was granted in Britain back in 2010. The intention was that more than two people can pull the cracker at once, making it perfect for a Christmas party (#GB2465026) 
 
ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS
Sir Henry Cole (a Civil Servant in London at the time) sent the world’s first Christmas card in 1843 to drum up work for the new Public Post Office. 
 
ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THREE JIGSAW PUZZLES
Brit John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767 – the first one was of the map of the world and was one of the first toys. 
 
ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME FOUR STAR WARS FILMS
Although a new model of R2D2 will be starring in this year’s Christmas blockbuster. It was Brit John Jostins (Lecturer of MA Design and Digital Media at Coventry University) who created the moulds for our favourite robot in Oxfordshire for two of the original films.
 
ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME FIVE CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS 
The Christmas pudding was invented in the 14th century medieval Britain. 
 
ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME SIX MINCE PIES
Mince pies were invented by Samuel Pepys in Britain in 1662. 
 
ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME SEVEN PANTOMIMES
The ‘comic opera’ (pantomime) was first produced at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre by the father of pantomime John Rich in 1728. 
 
ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME EIGHT CHRISTMAS SONGS
Band Aid is still the bestselling Christmas song in the UK of all time selling 3.78 million copies. 
 
ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME NINE ROMPER SUITS
The onesie or ‘romper suit’ was first invented by Winston Churchill during the Second World War to easily slip over his clothes in the event of an air raid. 
 
ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME TEN DICKINS' NOVELS
Despite the book’s success, Dickens did not make much money from ‘A Christmas Carol’ because his work suffered at the hand of ‘pirates’. 
 
ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME ELEVEN DIFFERENT CHOCOLATES
British company Rowntree’s invented the first selection box for your stocking in 1904. 
 
ON THE TWELTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME TWELVE CHRISTMAS FILMS
Sean Clarke from Aardman Animations (co-created the hit 2011 Christmas film ‘Arthur Christmas’) once said “Everything we do is underpinned by intellectual property.” 
 
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