Thursday, January 26th, 6pm 

This talk will introduce the need for patent protection of ideas and give some of the very basic background and issues that inventors need to be aware of. Examples will be drawn mainly from the areas of ink-jet and 3D printing. There will also be comments and discussion about the way that new technologies develop. There will be a networking session after the talk. Light refreshements are served. 

Prof. Peter Dobson OBE was the Founder and Director of Oxford Begbroke Science Park,  which accommodates new laboratories for Univeristy research groups as well as 24 start-up companies. His research interests cover most aspects of nanotechnology, and embrace biotechnology, environmental technology, energy, and materials science, especially in application to medicine. He was the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils and sits on several EPSRC panels and committees. Currently he is a Principal Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Group.

His research led to the creation of three spin-out companies: – Oxonica plc, which specialises in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications ranging from sunscreens to fuel additive catalysts and bio-labels; – Oxford Biosensors, which make hand-held device based on enzyme-functionalized microelectrode arrays; – Oxford NanoSystems that develops nanocoatings to refine longstanding heat transfer techniques for industrial, transport and electronics platforms. 

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