Gary Atkinson-Hope

Meet Prof Gary Atkinson-Hope (Dr)

Gary Atkinson-Hope was born in Johannesburg and moved with his family to Cape Town. He went to Wynberg Boys High School and started working as a Radiotrician and completed his Matric at Technical College. He worked for 11 years in the field of Electrical Engineering which was the career he had chosen to follow, as from an early age he had a strong interest and capabilities in science and engineering before becoming an academic. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Professor Gary Atkinson-Hope holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (obtained in 2004), and two Masters Degrees both in Electrical Engineering, one from CPUT (1993) and one from UCT (1996) and a B Proc Law degree (1983) from the University of South Africa, after which he worked for Patent Attorneys and was a Legal Advisor in Patents at a large SA Commercial Company. Also, holds a HND, NTD and NTTD all from CPUT. He is also a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) with the global “Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and was one of the first three practitioners in SA to obtain this status. This coveted status gives credibility in over 60 countries around the world as an expert in technology transfer (TT), Intellectual Property protection and management, business development from IP and commercialisation and has been appointed by the Minister of DST to serve on the Advisory Board of National Intellectual Property Board (NIPMO).

He has been an academic for 35 years and has held various positions of seniority in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), from Lecturer to Head of Department (responsible for Strategy Management, Administration, Teaching and Learning and Research, lectured, examined, moderated many different subjects and has been given an award for meritorious academic work over a long period and subsequently promoted to an Associate Professor in 2004 and then to a Full Professor in 2008 and currently holds the position of Director of Technology Transfer and Industrial Linkages with 9 years of experience in this highly specialised field. He is also the Leader of the Centre for Power Systems Research (CPSR) at CPUT and through which he conducts his research and supervises Masters and Doctoral students. His research focusses on Electrical Power Quality in Power Systems, specialising in harmonic distorted networks and solutions in HVAC/HVDC systems and has published a number of peer reviewed journal, international and national conference papers and has done contract research for Eskom. CPUT is the largest university in the Western Cape of South Africa with approximately 34,000 students and six faculties.

As the university expert in IP and Innovation his responsibilities include the identification and evaluation of inventions, Intellectual Property, Innovation Technology, Commercialization, drafting, negotiating and finalization of Technology Transfer Contracts (Research and Innovation-related) Agreements, Technology Licensing and Formation and Operation of Spin-off Companies.

Gary will be retiring soon and to continue with his skills and practice, he has formed a company called “TechIPI (Pty) Ltd.” and is its Managing Director: Cape Town Area, South Africa).

His interests in life are: Sport (international football and cricket), especially long distance running and has completed many “Two Oceans Marathons” and a “Comrades Marathon”. Is very much a “DIY” person and loves helping inventors to protect and turn their ideas into commercialisations.