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Over the years, several of our clients have received awards for products developed with KLN's assistance. Additionally, a number of other clients have benefited from our experience and ability to secure patents for the technical innovations we developed with or for them.

These awards and patents include:

Dr. Terry Howard, Ph.D., General Manager of Thin Kerf Technologies is presented with the Design Engineering Award.  Picture reprinted with permission of Design Engineering.

In 1997, Thin Kerf Technologies Inc. won "Bronze" in the "Industrial Systems Category" of the Design Engineering Awards for their product called "BoardRunner". This portable precision measurement instrument was designed for use in sawmills to diagnose problems related to feed speed, sawing accuracy and board thickness. Thin Kerf had contracted KLN to re-engineer a previous version of the instrument in order to reduce its weight by 28%, achieve reliable and accurate measurements under all conditions encountered in a mill, and create a visually appealing and technically advanced product. For more information please refer to our portfolio section Precision Measurement Instruments - Lumber Profiler).


Judy Krawchuk, Marketing Manager of Willowbrook Shopping Centre, holding the prestigious MAXI Award The "Just Rewards" Loyalty Program, which Willowbrook Shopping Centre offered to its shoppers, and which was based on KLN's SHOPTECH system, won the International Council of Shopping Centers' MAXI Award, as well as the Canadian Maple Leaf Award, shortly after its implementation. These prestigious awards are for the retail industry what the Oscars are for the film industry.

SHOPTECH was the first full-featured database and loyalty system exploiting the power and cost effectiveness of the PC platform. For more information please refer to our portfolio section Data Acquisition - Electronic Loyalty System.


US Patent #4,452,130 Canadian Patent #117 2211 German Patent #31 38 779 Canadian Patent #126 9690 US Patent #5,111,740

  • German Patent # 31 38 779 - Electrical Apparatus Useful to Prepare a Hot Beverage
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • US Patent # 5,861,564 - Inspection Bench with Pivoting Arm
    Client: Forintek Canada Corp.
  • US Patent # 4,784,136 - Electrical Epilation
    Client: Totally Yours Studios (Oberle-Hummel, Patricia)
  • US Patent # 6,600,110 - Portable Digital Readout Scale
    Client: Gram Precision
  • US Patent # 4,452,130 - Electrical Apparatus Useful to Prepare a Hot Beverage
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • US Patent # 5,111,740 - Electrical Apparatus to Prepare a Hot Beverage
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • CA Patent # 2234294 - Inspection Bench with Pivoting Arm
    Client: Forintek Canada
  • CA Patent # 1261004 - Electrical Epilation Equipment
    Client: Totally Yours Studios (Oberle-Hummel, Patricia)
  • CA Patent # 1269690 - Electrical Apparatus Useful to Prepare a Hot Beverage
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • CA Patent # 1172211- Electrically Operated Apparatus
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • Patent Pending - Projector for Shape Acquisition System
    Client: Generation II Orthotics
  • Patent Pending - Filter Unit from which to Prepare a Hot Beverage
    Client: Klein Electronic
  • Further patents are pending for other clients,
    but, as we are still held under confidentiality, we cannot disclose them yet.

Although we ask to be named as the inventor or co-inventor of innovations developed by KLN, we grant the ownership of the patents and the full control of the benefits of these intellectual properties to our clients.

We have experience and can assist in producing the text and the technical drawings that describe in detail the nature of an invention. The format chosen is styled after the format of many patent applications and, therefore, facilitates greatly the communication with a patent lawyer and the patent application process.

If you are interested in pursuing intellectual property for your innovation or new product and want to take advantage of our technical ingenuity, expertise, and professionalism contact us at 604-530-1491 or e-mail us at info@klnklein.com.

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