Seminar Series

Intellectual Property and Patenting


Keith Murdoch, Ph.D., Registered Patent Agent, Director of Intellectual Property Coherent Inc.


Time & Place

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:00 NZDT in Rutherford 531, Level 5

All are welcome


A short history of patenting is presented to explain the basic concepts of patenting and intellectual property protection. Intellectual property includes patents, trade secrets, copyright, and trademarks. Issued patents in the field of optics and lasers will be used to illustrate these concepts and demonstrate how to interpret patent documents. Although the focus will be US patent law, patent law has become fairly homogenous across the world, with a few variances worth noting.


Keith obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the University of Canterbury. His thesis work on laser spectroscopy of lanthanide ions in crystals was supervised by Glynn Jones. Thereafter, he enjoyed seven years of postdoctoral work and academic life in the US and UK. In 2001 he joined Coherent Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of lasers and laser solutions. As well as being a hands-on optical engineer, he managed the development of numerous solid-state laser products and had various engineering management roles. In 2015 he transitioned to a corporate role as Director of Intellectual Property and this year passed the USPTO registration exam (“patent bar exam”).