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According to Ernest Rutherford, the “father” of nuclear physics, all science is either physics or stamp collecting. It was a bold statement, but he was fond of being controversial. He also said that a scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a bartender.

Physicists are interested in the fundamental science that makes things work. When it comes to dealing with inventions, our physics team will try to get to the heart of the science that makes the invention work, using language that a bartender, a Judge or a client can understand. Members of the team have research experience, and have been trained to identify the fundamental principles that are at the core of an invention and to avoid the acronyms and jargon that sometimes obscure what is really happening.

Our team has an excellent track record in using this approach to defend patents in oppositions filed at the European Patent Office. By cutting to the core inventive concept, and explaining how the inventions worked to provide new and inventive technical benefits, we are able to secure the strongest possible rights for our clients.