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Cafe Scientifique-Understanding Patents

24th October 2017

Cafe Scientifique-Understanding Patents

This talk will discuss a number of aspects of the patent system, for example seeking to explain why patent attorneys will transform a scientific paper into something written in a completely different language.

Michael Butler graduated with a degree in materials science and then qualified as a patent attorney. He worked in Dehns, a firm of patent attorneys, for over 40 years before he retired in 2016 after a few years as senior partner. He worked mainly in assessing inventions and drafting patents in a wide range of technologies but he also acted before the courts in patent infringement and other actions. His clients ranged from private inventors, some plainly mad and some brilliant, through universities, startup companies, larger UK companies and major international corporations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys but no longer practices as a patent attorney.

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