Most physicists will come into contact with patents at some point in their career, whether it's through trying to replicate results described in a patent, working around previously patented solutions, or coming up with a patentable invention of their own. Dr Kate Adamson (trainee patent attorney, Marks & Clerk LLP) and Dr Richard Gregson (intellectual property rights manager, University of Dundee) will talk about how they transitioned from scientific careers into the field of intellectual property, in which the worlds of law and science intersect. They will discuss the different ways in which intellectual property in general, and patents in particular, may be developed and used by industry and universities.
Dr Kate Adamson is a trainee patent attorney with Marks & Clerk LLP in Edinburgh. She assists with patent cases in a wide range of physics and engineering technologies with a particular focus on drafting patent applications for medical imaging. She has a theoretical physics undergraduate degree and particle physics PhD and spent 9 years designing antennas in the defence and telecoms sectors before joining Marks & Clerk.
Dr Richard Gregson is the intellectual property rights manager for Research and Innovation Services at the University of Dundee. His work involves handling patents and other IP matters from across the university. Prior to moving to Dundee, he worked as a patent examiner for the UK Intellectual Property Office, as a patent searcher for a major engineering company, and in IP management for several academic research institutions.There will be refreshments and networking after the talks.