Symposium on the Public/Private Sector Partnership


Some Personal Memories of Developing Commercial Lightning Detection Systems

E. Philip Krider, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

In the mid-1970s, my colleagues and I were awarded several patents on the use of gated, wideband sensing techniques in electromagnetic sensors that were designed to locate the strike points of cloud-to-ground lightning. In this talk, I will provide some personal recollections of how the ideas evolved and the patent licensing process at the University of Arizona; how we formed a company to develop and manufacture commercial products; how we defended the patents against infringement and questions about their validity; how we merged the company with a larger conglomerate; and the challenges of maintaining a continuing involvement with the technology.

Session 4, Academic Sector
Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 1:45 PM-3:00 PM, A404

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