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Ghana: Creator Of “Veronica Bucket” Expresses Regret Over Failure To Patent Her Product


Aug. 13, 2020, 12:09 p.m.

Veronica Bekoe, the creator of the now globally famous Veronica Bucket, has referred to her failure to patent her design, as her “greatest mistake”.

Following the COVID 19 pandemic, Veronica buckets became a necessity in curbing the virus in homes, schools, supermarkets and other public places.

As a result, Madam Veronica lost the exclusive rights to her invention since many countries had already adopted it in their fight against the virus

“I didn’t look ahead to improve upon it. I never thought it would be this popular. I failed to patent my work which is my greatest mistake on my part. I’m advising the youth coming up with all these innovations to persevere and make sure they patent and get the needed support,” she said.

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Additionally, she advised entrepreneurs to avoid copying other people’s work, but rather to “look ahead and produce something different”.

“We should be more innovative and make sure whatever we come out with is unique” she noted.

Madam Veronica Bekoe originally invented the buckets to be used in schools and hospitals as a solution to preventing diseases caused by lack of running water to wash the hands.

The invention was named after her by a Canadian medical practitioner who came to Ghana to assist her with the invention.

As frequent handwashing under running water became the norm, her bucket was instantly adopted by millions around the world.

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