| James Kon |
RONALD Neville Langford, an Australian resident of Brunei Darussalam and a passionate advocate for the registration of patents and intellectual property, passed away on July 14, after suffering complications from a bacterial infection.
He is survived by his Bruneian wife, Koh Bee Lian.
Langford, 78, had been suffering from health complications when he was admitted to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital earlier this year, on February 8.
He then went to Thailand for further treatment at the Bumrungrad Hospital on April 25, and returned to Brunei on May 7.
However, his health continued to deteriorate, and he passed away a day shy of his 79th birthday.
Throughout his illness, Koh had been caring for him, and remained by his side at all hours.
She told the Sunday Bulletin, “We are really saddened by Ron’s passing. We were married on September 25, 2007, during the Chinese moon festival, and he was a very loving, caring, kind and thoughtful husband.
“He also contributed a lot to raising awareness on the importance of the protection of intellectual property.”
Langford held six international patents related to search technology using visual images, in Australia, Singapore and the United States of America.
Those patents include authenticating images identified by a software application (2004240196-Australia), verifying the identity of a user by authenticating a file (2005242135-Australia), a method of locating webpages by utilising visual images (755025-Australia), authenticating images identified by a software (2005038815-Singapore), authenticating images identified by a software (7725718-United States of America) and a method of locating webpages by utilising visual images (7065520-United States of America).
Both Koh and Langford were the first to apply and register for a patent when the Brunei Darussalam Patent Registry Office officially opened its doors on January 3, 2012.
However, Langford never received any royalties in the use of these patents by other parties. He had hoped that his native country, Australia, could help him in achieving this, but time was not on his side.
Langford had also informed his wife about his wish to donate some of the royalty proceeds to the poor and underprivileged in Brunei and Australia.
Barely holding back her tears, Koh said, “It was Ron’s dream to protect his patent from being misused by others. I’ll continue to make sure that his dream will succeed.”
Langford’s body was cremated, and his funeral service was held in Brunei on July 17.