Services

What We Do

Adams Black offers a wide range of patent attorney services to protect and enhance the value of our clients’ innovations.

We do this by:

  • Understanding our clients’ technologies
  • Understanding the many areas of intellectual property law which protect innovation
  • Understanding the commercial objectives of our clients by forming close working relationships with them
  • Understanding that clients require flexibility and value for money from their advisors

At Adams Black our vision is to build a continuously improving firm of patent attorneys entirely focused on the creation of value for our clients.

Technologies

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronics and circuits
  • Photonics and optics
  • Cleantech and renewable energy
  • Offshore engineering
  • Medical devices
  • Consumer products
  • Battery systems
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Financial services software/databases
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound
  • Image processing
  • Semiconductors
  • High-value manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology

Our Lean Approach

Lean production has transformed the automotive industry – now we are transforming the patent industry with our innovative lean approach.

Our proven lean approach aims at maximising the value of your patents to protect market share and sales revenues more effectively. Our commercially targeted patents:

  • allow you to obtain granted patents more cost effectively;
  • provide optimal deterrence whilst increasing patent valuation; and
  • deliver greater ROI with more robust patents focused on value.

Our lean approach offers a more accurate data-driven decision-making strategy which gives you greater control of the patent process and your IP budget.

Patents

Patents are monopoly rights granted to owners of the inventive work. Patents protect new and non-obvious inventions with technical features. They can be (subject to some exclusions) machines, processes, products, chemical compositions and other subject matter with technical contributions to the state of the art. Seeking IP protection may be motivated by a variety of reasons that are appropriate to your commercial objectives. We understand that each business is different. Together with you, we will design a patent filing strategy that best fits your business plan.

We handle all aspects of patent law, nationally and internationally, from drafting and filing, through prosecution of applications to granted patents and beyond. Our commercially targeted patents maximise both the value and protection of your patent in a reduced time.

IP Audits

An IP Audit is a systematic review of IP owned or used by your company in accordance with your business objectives. The IP Audit can be seen as a first step towards the acquisition of cost-effective protection for your inventions and innovations. This allows you to take deliberate steps at an early stage to avoid pitfalls and resolve disputes.

We will apply our unique IP Audit process to help you identify and evaluate the current IP status of your company; untangle complex issues of IP ownership; and make strategic decisions on potential future IP. The ultimate goal of our IP Audit service is to help you develop a well-crafted IP portfolio that supports your long-term business plan and strengthens your position in a global and competitive market.

Trade Marks

Your brands distinguish your goods and services from those of your competitors. The most effective way to protect your brands is by registering them as trade marks in the markets in which you trade or intend to trade. Registration supports key business advantages, safeguarding your investment in building a reputation and the resulting consumer recognition of your brands. In contrast to patents, trade marks are renewable indefinitely upon payment of renewal fees.

We offer trade marks service to protect your brand name and logo in a proactive and cost-effective way.

 

Designs and Copyright

Design rights and copyright protect the creation of a design, providing an exclusive right to the creators against copying by third parties without permission.

Design rights protect the appearance of a marketable product, resulting from features in lines, colours, contours, shapes, textures, materials of a product and/or ornamentation of a product. Copyright is an automatic right, with no registration required (although it may be registered in the US). It provides an exclusive right against copying of original works. Copyright is relevant to software, manuals, and web code and content. Both design right and copyright may co-exist in different aspects of the same product, so it is important to consider protecting all applicable IP rights.

IP Due Diligence

IP Due Diligence covers a range of services from checking that IP rights exist to infringement and validity opinions. Our approach is to discuss your commercial objectives and to tailor our Due Diligence service to meet your needs. We advise you on the types and strategies of IP protection that will best fit your business plan and the value proposition of your customers.

When buying a company or launching a product, part of the process can involve checking that the IP rights your buying are valid and in force. A product launch may require an analysis of third party IP rights to assess whether the existence of such rights create a barrier your product launch.

People

Dr Jim Adams

Patent Attorney

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.

Simon Black

Patent Attorney

Simon Black has an Honours Degree in Physics with Microelectronics and a Masters Degree in Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Spectroscopy from the University of Dundee. Simon is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney.

Simon’s career began in the Patents Department at British Nuclear Fuels plc in 1997, after which he moved into private practice in Scotland. He became a Director of a firm of patent attorneys in 2005, then set up Black & associates in 2010 as a boutique IP Practice. Simon founded Adams Black in 2019 with the merger of Black & associates and Lean IP.

Simon advises a wide range of clients from large multinational companies in the engineering, finance and electronics industries to Universities and technology startups. Simon works across a range of technologies including Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Cleantech, Computer Software, Financial Services Software, Lasers, Medical Devices, Offshore Engineering, Downhole Tools, Bicycle Gears and Computer Modelling.

Specific areas of legal expertise, across a broad range of technical subject matter, include: IP Audits, IP Strategy Advice, IP Portfolio Management, Infringement Risk Assessments, Competitor Analyses and Surveillance, Patent Drafting, UK/EP/PCT/Worldwide patent filing and prosecution, Patentability Opinions and UK Patent Office Hearings in business methods and computer software, experience in educating inventors and management, patent novelty searches and patent validity searches.

Dr Xu Gu

Patent Scientist

Xu received an MSc in advanced computing science and a PhD in computational biology from the University of Glasgow. Her PhD and research work was focused on mathematical modelling of biological systems, in particular on metabolism in Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite that causes African Sleeping Sickness. Xu’s subsequent research, carried out at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, was on image processing and 3D geometric modelling of the heart. While at the MRC she won funding from the MRC Centenary Award to study and model the development and malformations of the vertebrate limb.

Xu’s aim is to help our clients at the leading edge of innovation secure protection and value from their inventions. As a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Xu is in an excellent position to assist Chinese clients in securing protection for their inventions in the West.

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Testimonials

“genuinely a pleasure”

"Very helpful first discussion - realistic and well informed advice. Genuinely a pleasure to deal with."
2019-09-11T13:50:40+00:00
"Very helpful first discussion - realistic and well informed advice. Genuinely a pleasure to deal with."

“transparent”

"Everything we needed to know appeared transparent."
2019-09-11T13:44:40+00:00
"Everything we needed to know appeared transparent."

“in-depth understanding”

"...the closest match available for my needs, being an in-depth understanding of electronics, microprocessors and sensors."
2019-09-11T13:49:55+00:00
"...the closest match available for my needs, being an in-depth understanding of electronics, microprocessors and sensors."

“liked the challenge”

"I had quite an in-depth conversation with Jim Adams and I felt he liked the challenge of understanding and investigating my business and IP needs."
2019-09-11T13:49:34+00:00
"I had quite an in-depth conversation with Jim Adams and I felt he liked the challenge of understanding and investigating my business and IP needs."

“ticked all our boxes”

"...ticked all our boxes during the initial meeting phase. We were highly impressed with its IP Audit process. We found this novel approach to be very easy to understand and it helped us in devising a patent priority order. It allowed us to focus on the key areas and to identify early on features with a high or low chance of patentability."
2019-09-11T13:50:24+00:00
"...ticked all our boxes during the initial meeting phase. We were highly impressed with its IP Audit process. We found this novel approach to be very easy to understand and it helped us in devising a patent priority order. It allowed us to focus on the key areas and to identify early on features with a high or low chance of patentability."

Contact Us

If you have a question for us or would like to discuss how we can help protect your work, please contact us on +44 (0)141 255 2001.

Adams Black & Co Limited, Office 2/1, 211 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6AA, Scotland, United Kingdom