Quantum Optics Patent – Grant Approved!!

I have just received a letter from the Intellectual Property Office in Newport, South Wales.

They have decide to grant me a patent for my “cyfarpar i gynhyrchu parau ffoton” patent application!!


This patent application I wrote myself; no expensive patent attorney used or required.

So, this is probably the only quantum optics patent granted without any lawyer input and almost certainly the only one written in our rural commune of ~1800 souls in Côtes d’Armor.

This means that I will have three granted patents in a few weeks’ time… two US and one UK.

So maybe there is a tiny bit of boffin juice left…

cyfarpar i gynhyrchu parau ffoton

The subject of my patent application is entangled photon pairs and it seems to me that this is a metaphor for karmic entanglement with the past. My “pet theory” remains that because some people have unresolved karma pertaining to me, I experience karmic breakthrough at a distance of hundreds of kilometres. It is only a pet theory but why otherwise would people from the past continue to impinge unasked and without any conscious forethought into my dreams.

I will metaphorically piss myself laughing if, in the next few days, I get a letter from the Intellectual Property Office after my dream the other day.

There is a part of me tempted to call our local newspaper “Le Trégor” and let them know.

Boffin gallois ….

“Eccentric Welsh ex-scientist from a small village in Brittany gets quantum optics patent granted at the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom.”

They were interested when a scouse teacher took the piss about football…


Of previous good character…

“The defendant, of Abertillery Road, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard he was of previous good character.”


The above quotation is not unusual when it comes to reporting on criminal cases at the various county courts in the UK.

They also often comment that the perpetrator was an unpopular loner and did not mix well, whereas the victim is usually a great person, sociable and very well liked.

It is a moot point if anyone could bear witness as to whether or not I am/was of good character. For the last four years we have not had any face to face interaction other than supermarket, pharmacy, DIY store and medical. There are no contemporary witnesses.

I have sent my response of to the Intellectual Property Office {IPO} this morning and the application will now be examined {probably} which will lead to grant or refusal. I could possibly appeal in the case of the latter.

If granted it tickles me that a UK patent would be granted to an application written in rural Brittany, in a farming commune of ~1800 souls. This is like someone applying from deepest, darkest Pembrokeshire {assuming that the thought police allow us to make such a statement}. I’ll wager that it is the only quantum optics patent applied for in our communal postcode.

If it is granted it is unlikely to bother the Richter scale with its earth shaking impact. Most likely it will remain a curio, in the published literature. One day someone like me trawling through patents might stumble upon it. If their curiosity is piqued, they might type the name of the commune into Google maps. They might then think “odd” and carry on with whatever it is they were doing.

There is a feeling of “tidying up”. The germ of the idea, amongst others, arose before we left the UK. I have not bothered developing any of the other ideas, one of which was using molecular symmetry in Quantum computation.

The patent if granted will have cost me time and around a few hundred quid, not the ten grand or so one might spend with a patent attorney. All along the IPO noted that grant for those applying without a professional is much less likely. It seems like a “jobs for the boys” orientation.

‘Tis done.

In the realms of extremely unlikely someone might want to buy the patent off me.

Subject to grant or not, I have to decide whether to pay the fee, the patent can be re-instated subsequently, I understand.

It is possible that people have made all kinds of stories up about me over the decades and these perhaps without having made my contemporaneous acquaintance. I know people are prone to bullshit and extrapolate, checking facts is less popular, hearsay is more attractive.

I may not be “of previous good character”.

This office is now re-decorated and I will probably get rid of this 2007 vintage desk. I bought it to fit the cottage I moved into. There is a bit more finishing off to do and some serious wiping down.

Today we went to some places selling second hand goods, there were quite a few people looking to buy, perhaps due to the economic situation. There are some other things which we might put up for sale, we have reserved a stand.

There was a weird juxtaposition, ultrahigh technology before lunch and second hand clothes and nick-nacks in the afternoon…

Far out…

Patent Application – What to do?

When I was reading up before writing the patent application, I read in full, analytically, something like 60 patents on quantum optics, most of which had been granted by the “home” patent office. In my study I could not believe that many of these patents had been granted. In many cases the “inventive step” was incremental and to my opinion “obvious” to one skilled {or semi-skilled in my case} in the art. I came to the working conclusion that national patent offices were granting patents to the “home” inventor teams as a strategic ploy in geo-economics. They were going out of their way to award home patents which could be used as a negotiation tool subsequently.

I was genuinely shocked…

I have long suspected that the whole field of intellectual property is ripe for a massive clean out. There are many dodgy patents with little substance other than length and people, investors, want patent quantity not patent quality. That way Apple and Samsung can swap hundreds of patents for a consideration of a few billion dollars. I doubt that many of the patents would be upheld in a courtroom. They are chess pieces…in the new game…


In the past I might have ramped this up and circulated emails to senior people at the IPO and maybe asked if the examiner had lost his hwyl.


Dear X,

Thank you for your detailed and pedantic comments on my application.

Unfortunately I will not be responding or discussing this matter any further for the simple reason that I have lost any will to live.

Wishing you a more fluid and open minded incarnation in your subsequent life.

Bye for now,


Japanese Embassy – Patent – Dream 14-07-2021

Here is this morning’s dream.

In my hands I have a patent application on paper. I am walking through the corridors of the London office of the Intellectual Property Office. There are smartly dressed people everywhere. I enter a room where one can file patent applications by hand and on paper. There is a smartly dressed young woman sat behind a desk. I explain that I want to submit an application but because I am not a lawyer and am representing my own intellectual property nobody is taking me seriously. She asks a little of my background. She then writes on a piece of card a long code beginning with the letter K. She hands this to me and suggests that I go to the Whitehall office and hand them this code. This code means that they will take me more seriously. I thank her and leave her office. Once more I am walking down the corridor.

At the end of the corridor, I open a door, and this leads me into the reception area of the Japanese Embassy. There are several men and women on the welcome desk. They seem surprised to see me appearing in their foyer.  A man in his thirties in an old-style suit says hello and asks me to explain how I got there. I say that I was trying to file a patent application. He asks on what subjects. I say “quantum optics and entangled photon pairs” his ears prick up. He says that this is something we in Japan are very interested in. From beneath the counter, he pulls out an old-style document holder briefcase. He intimates that they would be helpful if my application was filed in Japan. Hinting that they would bear the costs of translating the application into Japanese. He wants me to hand him the application to put in the briefcase.

I briefly come to and make a mental note of the dream. I then drift back off.

In the dream I can now see a Japanese translation of my patent application. Each paragraph and each diagram have a very light violet coloured stamp of two kanji, two Japanese characters. The kanji are tiny but easily visible because they are glowing somewhat.

I awake thinking that is weird, because it all seemed so very realistic.

Quantum Optics in Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch


I have been wondering what fate may or may not have in store for me, what quirks remain. This morning I had a dream in which patents were to the fore. I was defending a patent in an argument with some business geezer.

Our commune has around 1800 souls and it largely agricultural. There is no high technology industry, and many speak Breton. This makes it about half the size of the above mentioned village on Ynys Mon.

This from Wikipedia

In science

In 2020, a new species of bacteria isolated from soil collected in the parish of the village was placed in the Myxococcus genus and was named Myxococcus llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochensis.”

Nearby up at Lannion there are a number of very high technology companies like Nokia and Orange. There are also fibre optic, fibre laser and Nd:YAG laser companies. This was part of the motive for moving here.

My patent application in spontaneous parametric down conversion is due for examination. There is an outside chance that someone might want to buy this off me if it gets granted. There would be a nice little local interest story. “Welshman in Pederneg gets a quantum optics patent granted in Newport, Wales”. It will probably be the first quantum optics patent here. It is similar to “Breton man in Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch gets quantum optics patent granted in Courbevoie” but easier to spell.

The story could get picked up more widely because the French like quirky things.

Anyway, it seems possible, given the dream, that something to do with patents may be on the horizon. If there are quirks remaining this is a likely source.

Patent Fun and Juxtaposition

Well serves me right for talking about optical waveguiding! On Tuesday I had a GP appointment and he asked me what I did for a living. I told him that I had retired and had once taught physical chemistry in London. It saves the GP justifying his stance on antibiotics. I added that I made a patent application in the small village next to where his surgery is. They have upped my dose of Seretide and given me stand by antibiotics, in case.

I have heard from the Patents Directorate in Cardiff at the IPO. He has written to me in English with no Welsh translation!!

He raises a number of concerns and has one very good suggestion. I seem to remember looking up the two pieces of prior art before and concluding that although they mentioned electric field it was not in the same non-linear optics context. Maybe I am going to have explain some non-linear optics.

I’ll look these bits of art up after I have done the hedge.

The juxtaposition of rāja yoga and quantum optics is a tad unusual. I don’t think that there are many others having it.

His suggestion was for the title:

“Increasing the probability of generating entangled photon pairs….”

This is the main thrust of the application, where the probability is increased during a specific time gate. This could be at GHz in a nanometre waveguide. I likened this to the clock frequency in a normal computer.

So, I am going to have to do some boffining as well as gardening, cooking and cleaning…

Espacenet here I come….