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Inventive Minds in Cincinnati Want to Know...What Will Be the Next Great Office Product?

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2004--The pressure's on! Ryan Dake of Indianapolis, IN, presents his idea for the Ultimate Ruler to a panel of judges at a regional semifinal event for Staples Invention Quest held in Cincinnati on Saturday. Staples Invention Quest is the first national search for a new office product to make work-life easier. Over 8,000 inventors from across the country submitted ideas. Dake is one of 100 semifinalists vying for the $25,000 grand prize.

Staples Invention Quest(TM) was launched on September 25, 2003. One hundred semifinalists were awarded a $100 Staples gift card. Twelve finalists will be selected by February 7, 2004 and will receive a trip for two to New York City for the Invention Quest finals on March 10, 2004. An expert panel of inventors and entrepreneurs will decide who walks away with the $25,000 grand prize. Eleven finalists will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Additionally, winners will receive royalties if their ideas are created and sold exclusively by Staples on and in its more than 1,100 stores across the United States.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is headquartered outside of Boston and sells a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2002 sales of $11.6 billion, Staples is committed to make buying office products easy. Nearly 58,000 associates serve consumers and businesses of all sizes -- from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Staples invented the office superstore concept and today, with approximately 1,500 office superstores, is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. Staples also serves its customers through its mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at


CONTACT: Staples
Deborah Hohler, 508-253-8509
Meara Murphy, 617-937-2574

SOURCE: Staples