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Satoru Sakai

Satoru Sakai

Trainee patent attorney
I am a trainee patent attorney at NLO, specialising in the fields of applied and computational physics, telecommunications, electronics and electrical engineering, and software.


  • Computers/Software
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Optics
  • Telecommunications

I try to help clients by understanding what is important to them, and advising them through the legal aspects which may look like overwhelming and complex challenges for those who are not familiar with the patent process. 

Being a scientist at heart, I take an analytical and methodical approach to solving problems and try to achieve the best results for the client that suits their needs and interests.

Prior to joining NLO in 2017, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Electromagnetics group of the Electrical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), working on the development and optimisation of Maxwell solver algorithms to simulate the electromagnetic characteristics of objects in stratified media. Before then, I did a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, where my research involved identifying the geometrical and gravitational effects of stars on pulsar timing through large scale computer simulations and comparing them with observations.


  • PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, the University of Glasgow (UK), 2012
  •  MPhil in Astronomy, the University of Manchester (UK), 2007
  •  MPhys in Astrophysics, the University of Edinburgh (UK), 2006


  • “Approximating non-spherical singularities as spherical singularities for objects at an interface between two layers”, S. Sakai et al. 2016, Proc. Of ICEAA 2016, DOI10.1109/ICEAA.2016.7731442