Physics and Optical Engineering Patents

Many inventions that are invaluable in daily life, for example, computers, compact disks, smartphones, lighter and stronger building materials etc. have their roots in basic research laboratories operated by academics and their students in our universities.

Understanding the complex or abstract physics concepts embodied in such research can be difficult to comprehend. More difficult still is converting such abstract concepts into language that the general populace can understand, such as is required in physics patent applications.

At Baxter IP, we have patent attorneys specialist in physics patents which enables us to speak the same language as researchers and to better translate their innovations into patent assets. We have great depth of experience and work closely with university partners, university spin-outs and other commercial enterprises to help protect innovations in the field of physics.

What is or is not patentable in the physics industry?

A common thread throughout patent law worldwide is that fundamental physical principles are not patentable in themselves or for all known and as-yet unknown applications of such principles. However, the practical application of those same fundamental principles very often lie squarely in the realm of patentable subject matter.

For example, Einstein’s famous principle relation governing the inter-relationship between mass and energy E=mc2, in and of itself would not be patentable in isolation. However, the many practical applications of this relation such as, for example, nuclear fusion/fission reactors, atomic weapons, CT & PET scanners in hospitals or the humble smoke detector in your house are all eminently patentable applications of E=mc2.

Examples of Physics and Optical Engineering Patent applications

  • Optical engineering (photonics/optoelectronics, laser, lens) applications
  • Nuclear reactor devices
  • Hydration sensor systems and applications
  • Fuel management systems
  • Display systems

What are the key regions for Physics and Optical Engineering Patents?

  • USA
  • Europe
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Canada