Work Buddy Combined Vice and Workbench

Made:
1981

‘Work Buddy’, combined vice and workbench, by Sears, Roebuck & Co., USA, 1981.

This object was found to infringe the patents covering the design of the ‘Workmate’ combined workbench and vice held by Black & Decker Inc and Hickman Design Ltd, and subsequently withdrawn from sale. In so doing, there was expressed most clearly the ‘indicia of non-obviousness’ – that the ‘Workmate’ might look like a simple idea, but that no-one previously had thought of it. Subsequent to this, consideration was made as to whether the Workmate constituted a new field of art, with no prior art.

Details

Category:
Hand and Machine Tools
Object Number:
2020-128
Materials:
metal and wood
Measurements:
Legs: 723 mm x 46 mm x 40 mm,
Bench (without legs): 145 mm x 769 mm x 465 mm,
type:
workbench