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.
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.