Snapitscrew International of the U.K. has obtained a European patent (no. EP08782656) for its innovative and time-saving Sniptit Frame Screw, which can be easily and quickly used in frame hinges and eyewires for mounting, assembly and repairs, without using any tools. The system is already covered by multiple patents in the U.S., Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, Russia, Hong Kong and China. Patents are pending in various other territories. It has won several awards. Snapitscrew originally signed a licensing deal with Essilor for the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It is now working in Europe with Vision Express, Menrad and other companies. Company officials indicate that it is about to start with some other big optical retail chains.