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From Canada, Rob came to study at the University of St Andrews where he was awarded the McEuen Scholarship. After obtaining a BSc in joint Physics and Electronics, which included specialisations in optics, laser physics and opto-electronics, Rob returned to Canada to obtain a Masters in Physics from the University of Western Ontario. His research was in the field of Atomic and Molecular Physics, specifically high-resolution spectroscopic studies of the sodium molecule using a molecular beam apparatus, tuneable dye lasers and applied rf fields. To better interpret the results, Rob developed a computer model of the interactions of the molecules with the applied optical and rf fields and which included quantum coherence effects.
After university Rob was a Senior Research Physicist with ICI, and helped to develop optical data storage products, including a 1 TB optical data storage tape which was commercialised to store satellite imagery. For two years he was seconded to a subsidiary of Iomega Corporation in the US developing a disc drive for a removable 1 GB flexible optical disc cartridge.
Following this, Rob joined Dummett Copp LLP in 1995, and in his professional qualifying examinations was awarded the CIPA Drafting Prize for the highest mark in the paper dealing with the preparation of UK and overseas patent specifications. He became a Partner with the firm in 2000.
As a patent attorney, Rob has experience across a wide range of technologies, including optics, fibre optics, opto-electronic devices, display technologies, automotive technologies, computer related inventions, medical devices and automated packing systems. Rob also regularly advises clients regarding trade mark and design protection, and assists in licencing, assignment and enforcement of IP rights, and he is an experienced advocate in European patent opposition and appeal proceedings.