David Wardell FInstPI
As a recognised expert in the field of Intellectual Property, and the commercialisation of inventions, David Wardell has been assisting inventors internationally for over twenty years. He co-founded the Intellectual Property Development Confederation – a ‘not-for-profit’ support group – which was later merged with the Institute of Patentees and Inventors (IPI). The IPI is the UK’s oldest and largest support organisation for inventors (www.invent.org.uk). David was the Chairman of the IPI for several years and now continues to serve as a fellow, director and advisor.
In the 1990’s he published and edited the award-winning ‘Inventors World’ magazine. He was a television presenter for the BBC’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’ programme and, internationally, has given hundreds of interviews on both radio and television.
David was appointed, by the UK Government, as an original Trustee for the ‘National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts’ (NESTA) –under the Chairmanship of Lord David Puttnam - and served for six years as a member of their ‘Invention and Innovation Committee’.
He has adjudicated on many international judging panels including the ‘Prince of Wales Award for Innovation’. For many years acted as the ‘President of the Jury’ for ‘INPEX’ – America’s largest invention trade show. For five years, he has also served as the ‘President of the Jury’ for the Croatian inventors’ salon – ‘Inova’. In recognition of his efforts he has been awarded many awards and diplomas.
He has successfully introduced (and sometimes negotiated) the sale/licensing of intellectual property rights worth substantial sums – both financially and socially. He has a keen interest in the arts and serves as a trustee for Southampton based ‘A-Space’ - an arts charity. Locally, he is also vice-chair of the Portswood Central Residents Association and chair of the Friends of Portswood Library.