Proceedings PaperFibre Optics Inventions Assigned To The British Technology Group From Universities In The United Kingdom
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The British Technology Group is responsible for technology transfer between universities and industry in the sectors of information technology, engineering and science. Within the information technology sector there are between 20 and 30 patents in photonics and applications under consideration which have mostly been developed with the support of Research Council funding. BTG incorporates extensive patents and legal expertise associated with the protection of intellectual property by such means as patent, copyright and other forms of legal protection. The group is in a position to provide funds to help with the further development of inventions and such funding is dependent upon the merit of the case in question. The topics covered by the patents in this paper are broadly categorised into Fibres, Couplers, Communications, Profile measurement and sensors. The title of this session refers to fibres and connectors and so these topics are covered in the first two sections. The fibre section includes methods of manufacture and also a sensor (2) which utilises a particular type of fibre. The Fibre Optic isolator (12) may not appear to be a coupler but it is a new utilisation of the Faraday effect to couple light channels while inhibiting reflections.