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Black Country Inventors Club
Chairman  – John Aston
John is an inventor with over 40 patents in 20 different countries, some have have resulted in products which turned over millions of pounds in sales. He studied Electronics, Business and Law and has many years experience in multinational corporations. First on new product design and development then working on international business development before finally specialising in patents and other types of intellectual property.

He is an expert on Patents, Registered Designs, Trademarks and Licensing and regularly lectures to Wolverhampton University business students on Intellectual Property and how to use it to protect their inventions and designs.

Having retired from his job as Patents Manager for Yale, Chubb and Union the International Lock Manufacturers in 2002, John then set up a consultancy business. This focused on advising inventors and drafting and filing Patents Trademarks and Registered Designs for both Private Inventors and many different UK Businesses. It was intended to be a part time business but was so successful that it turned into a full time occupation.

John has now retired from his consultancy business and spends some of his spare time running the club, giving free advice to all club members and drafting patents for club members at very low cost.