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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-16,Lethbridge, Alberta Happy 105 Mrs. Mary Soule affords a smile as she stands behind a cake marking her 105th birthday in New Orleans. Mrs. Soule has 30 grandchildrer> and 33 great-grandchildren. A sister died at the age oti»9. Gov’t scientists to get $500,000 for inventions By PETER MICHAELSON OTTAWA (CP) - Royalties and licence fees on inventions by government scientists will total an estimated $500,000 in 1974, but one otraerver believes it is a small return for the benefits given. C. L. Amis, general manager of Canadian Patents and Development Ltd., said in an interview tliere are many problems connected with mar-Iteting inventions in Canada. The Crown corporation, which licenses most Crown-owned invenUons to entrepreneurs, receives payments from 130 companies that hold rights on 265 inventiotu. About 85 per cent are small Canadian-owned companies. The government inventors aren’t getting rich, it appears. They get 15 per cent of royalties, which n 1874 will work out to less than 1400 for each invention or tedinical devel* opment. Royalties to the corporation and the inventors have tended to be higher when United States or other foreign companies develop and market Canadian ideas, said Mr. An-nis. The only Canadian companies available to turn inventions into marketable products are quite small, he said. DEVELOPMENT COSTLY As a rule of thumb, it costs more than $100 to devdop and market a new product for every $1 that went into inventing it. Small companies lack the financial resources to put their products on the domestic market at a reasonable price, then withstand early losses until sales build up on he the international maricet, said. ■ He cited a blood-vessel stapler developed in 16 years of research by Dr. L J. Vogelfänger of Ottawa and National Research Council engineers. The vascular suturing instrument was reported to be the best in the world, but Canadian doctor:: would not buy it at its $1,800 price. 'If we could ust get 100 or 200 doctors to start using it in their regular practice, then doctors in other countries would be easier to convince that it is a valuable instrument,” If more of the instruments, made by Precis Tools Ltd. of Montreal, were being sold, the price could be dropped to about $500, he estimated. The agency has companies on its bwks that took out licences on sound developments but years later are still paying only an annual $100 licence fee and no n^alties, said Mr. Annis. Bigger companies get new product ideas from their own laboratories, while Canadian subsidiaries of foreign companies often are not permitted, by their parent companies to develop inventions, Mr. Annis said. Some of the more successful inventions patented by the Crown agency include a position and homing indicator for helping single-seater pilots navigate, a new gas laser, a new type of plate for storage batteries and an oil storage tank design. Government scientists must turn their inventions over to their superiors, but are guaranteed a piece of the action by the Public Servants Inventions Act. Ski expedition to Arctic planned by Soviet Union MOSCOW (Reuter) - For its newest Arctic exploit, the Soviet Union will shun modem technology and revert to sheer muscle-power. It plans to send men to the North Pole on skis in 1974 to test the physical and psychological strains on them. The expedition will carry its own food and supplies and Iw without motor tranqwrt — although if sickness or accidents or other disasters strike, helicopters and aircraft will be available. The Russians will set off from the northern edge of the Teimu' Peninsula, the nearest point of Soviet land to the polar circle. But even so, it still is more than 1,000 miles of hard skiing to reach the pole. If the expedition sets ilaelf a toitfh schedvie of 30 milet a day, it sun will Uke moK than a ntofith. The Soviet exi^oren will test equipment and survival foods for the benefit of people who work on key industrial projects above the Arctic circle. Many of the richest Soviet mines for precious metals and diamonds are situated in Arctic regions. The Soviet Union also is showing growing interest in maintaining permanent study centres on the polar ice cap — sometimes on floating ice floes. They use laser beams to study the thickness of Ice floes and what makes them crack — and where. Computers help study weather, ice drift, currents and the effecu of the sun’s Soviet Union leads the world in the number of ex-peditiont to the North Pole. More than I.OOO have made the trek to the p(dar regtnm this century. AFTER INVENTORY SALE Merchandlte on tal« Thursday, Friday and Saturday. January 17,18,19 Limitad Quantitiaa OUTERWEAR CLEARANCE Outerwear for the Entire Famiiy Assorted sizes and styles for Ladies, Girls, Children, Men and Boys OFF CLEARANCE ALL WINTER FOOTWEAR! Assorted Fashions for iVlen, Ladies, Boys and Girls OFF LADIES’ DRESS CLEARANCE Assorted Styles for Misses, Petites and Women Zellers County Fair Retailers to thrifty Canadians Op«n Dallf t:)Q a.m. to • pm Thuratfay and Fridnt 9:30 to 9 p.m Loealad In ZaHara Shopping Cantra on Maror MagraA Drlva ;