HUDDERSFIELD youngsters have been urged to emulate cartoon inventors Wallace and Gromit – and come up with some cracking ideas.

The Government’s Intellectual Property Office has launched this year’s Cracking Ideas competition and is inviting children across the country to use their creativity to invent a special space-themed gizmo or gadget.

Twelve regional finalists in different age groups will be named Britain's youngest innovators – with three national winners crowned Cracking Ideas champions for 2013.

The competition, backed by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations, aims to engage young innovators, encourage creativity and raise awareness of intellectual property rights. It also seeks to promote respect for others’ intellectual property.

Parents and teachers are asked to encourage as many four to 16-year-olds as possible to participate – and discover how patents, trade marks, copyright and design have a part to play in everyday life.

The competition runs until April 30, 2013. See