Goan gets patent for mechanical device invention


 In a development that should bring some cheer to the Goan engineering community, a Goan has been granted a patent from the Indian patent office.
Siolim resident Raghuvir Chary, a lecturer at government polytechnic at Altinho, has received a patent for an invention entitled 'An angle measuring device for measuring angles, 0 through 360, between any two surfaces, lines or objects'.
Forty five-year-old Chary, who said he obtained an M.Tech degree from IIT-Bombay in 2000, has labelled his invention as 'Chary's Anglometer- the angle measuring device'.
'The methods and equipment of the invention are adapted to the precise measurement of an angle in any plane, with a resolution of 0.1 arcsecond, by mechanical means', states the patent description of his device.
He applied for the patent on October 3, 2007, and was granted the same on December 3, 2012.
Chary claimed the application underwent examination and re-examination as part of a lengthy process before it was granted. The patent is valid for 20 years,he said.
He claimed his invention provides direct reading of angles on one and said it was economical compared to other alternatives available. Chary said the invention had cost him around 1 lakh including cost for obtaining the patent. He said he had developed two versions of his invention- a quadrant type for general purpose applications and a theodolite type for navigational and other precise applications.
Chary said he had entered his invention for some competitions and was also looking out for manufacturers to commercially manufacture his invention. [TOI]