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 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.