Ian is the Secretary General for HEPTech, the IP network based out of CERN covering 26 institutes across 16 countries.
Ian works at the UK Knowledge Transfer Network where he is Head of Access to Funding & Finance.
Previously he was Head of Entrepreneurship at STFC where he focused on helping start up and early stage companies take their ideas from conception to implementation.
He joined STFC from his own self funded public computing IT firm delivering public use computing.
Ian started his career as a bench scientist working on ""Home of the Future"" and ""Virtual Reality for team working"" before becoming a New Products Evangelist, the first UK public broadband line was at Ian's home and he was tasked to answer the question: Why would we want to be on the internet 24 x 7 and what will we do after we have read our emails ?
This gives an overview of the different types of protection that is available for the ideas and projects that people are working on. Based on real world experience, we will show you the toolset that is available, and suggest what should be done at each stage of the project. One key area is maintaining the balance between protection and sharing.