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OPTICAL PATENTS — A SOURCE OF BRIGHT IDEAS: UK EXCELS IN AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF OPTICAL SENSOR PATENTS

Peter McGeehin (Compton Consultants)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 February 1991

Abstract

Introduction Optical sensors, and especially fibre optic sensors, offer some significant technical advantages over conventional electronic sensors. These technical advantages have been perceived to be sufficiently significant to have stimulated a large amount of research activity in the UK and elsewhere. Much of the original research has been carried out in universities and polytechnics, but there has also been considerable corporate R&D activity aimed at developing commercial products and systems. The results of much of this corporate work have not been published, except in the form of patents. Patents therefore provide a useful literature which, though of considerable interest to companies, is difficult to analyse and assimilate. For this reason, the DTI Advanced Sensors Technology Transfer Programme commissioned a study of recent optical sensor patents. The aim was to classify and analyse the patents, and to present the findings in a manner which a small or medium size instrumentation company could readily digest.

Citation

McGeehin, P. (1991), "OPTICAL PATENTS — A SOURCE OF BRIGHT IDEAS: UK EXCELS IN AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF OPTICAL SENSOR PATENTS", Sensor Review, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 24-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb007846

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