Dr Jim Adams

Founder and 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. Jim is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a European Trademark and Design 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’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.

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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