Black and associates offers a wide range of services designed to protect and enhance the value of our clients’ innovations.

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

Our Management Team

Simon Black

- B.Sc.(Hons)
- M.Sc.
-Chartered Patent Attorney
- European Trademark and Design 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, 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, becoming a Director of a firm of patent attorneys in 2005, then set up Black and associates in 2010 as a boutique IP Practice. Simon advises a wide range of clients from large multinational companies in the engineering, finance, electronics 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

Naoise Gordon

- B.Sc.(Hons)
- Chartered Patent Attorney
- European Patent Attorney
- Registered Patent Agent
- Registered Trade Mark Agent


B.Sc.(Hons), Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney/Registered Patent Agent (IE)/Registered Trade Mark Agent (IE) – LinkedIn Profile Naoise Gordon graduated from Dublin City University in 1988 with an honours degree in Analytical Science which embraces all the life sciences.

He then entered the patent profession as a trainee with an established firm of Irish and UK patent attorneys based in Dublin where he serviced Irish and overseas clients in the mechanical, chemical and biological fields. Having qualified as a European and Irish patent attorney, Naoise then joined Unilever plc’s Patent Department and also qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney. With Unilever, Naoise was responsible for the international protection, prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights for Unilever’s deodorants, perfumes, cosmetics, packaging and toothbrush businesses.

Naoise subsequently returned to private practice in Ireland and the UK, ultimately establishing the Irish branch and becoming a director of a UK firm of patent attorneys.

He has experience of advising Irish, British and international clients, small and large, on all aspects of intellectual property protection, prosecution and enforcement.

Specific areas of legal expertise, across a broad range of technical subject matter, include: IP portfolio management | Infringement risk assessments | Competitor analyses and surveillance | IP strategies | Patent filing, drafting and prosecution | IP due diligence exercises |Patentability advice | Design rights advice |Trade Marks advice | Patent Oppositions and Appeals at EPO | Patent ownership dispute advices and litigation.