Jim Adams has an honours degree in Physics from the University or Manchester and a PhD in Nanoelectronics from the University of Glasgow. He is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney.
For his A-level project he wrote a Z80 disassembler in machine code. While an undergraduate, he developed accounts and stock control software. His PhD and subsequent research work focussed on fabrication and testing of nanometre-scale transistors and other very small structures. At Motorola Jim managed a semiconductor product analysis laboratory, having worked as a yield improvement engineer on a variety of products including System on Chip (SoC) devices, smartcards and microcontrollers. In 2001, Jim was introduced to the patent profession when he needed a patent attorney to protect his own software invention. Jim founded Lean IP in 2014, applying lean practices to patent attorney services for the benefit of his clients. Jim founded Adams Black in 2019 with the merger of Lean IP and Black & associates.
Jim’s experience includes: IP audits, IP strategy advice, IP portfolio management, patent drafting, infringement opinions, patentability opinions, UK/EP/PCT/Worldwide patent filing and prosecution, EPO Oral Proceedings in examination and oppositions, patent novelty searches, patent freedom to operate searches, defining operating procedures for invention review and capture, advising on IP ownership and compliance with supplier agreements.