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The study of optics is centuries old, yet innovations continually impact our everyday lives. Our attorneys have specialist knowledge of this field and are highly competent to handle innovations that impinge on neighbouring areas such as semiconductors and electronics. Hot topics include organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for displays, solid state lighting (SSL) for environmentally friendly low-power lighting, and photovoltaic energy capture as a sustainable power source.
We advise clients seeking patent protection in areas such as miniaturisation, improvement of optical qualities and reduction of component count for lens systems in devices such as camera-phones, where size and weight are at a premium and power consumption needs to be minimised. Similar considerations apply to lens systems for digital cameras and specific applications such as automotive vision, vision-based control systems and systems for reading from media such as Blu-ray discs.
We also have experience of many cases in the field of projection systems for semiconductor microlithography, where the size of features being imaged is ever decreasing, pushing the physical limits of lens materials.