Simon Black

BSc (Hons), MSc, RPA, CPA

Patent Attorney

Following my graduation in 1992, with an honours degree in Physics with Microelectronics from the University of Dundee, I worked in a Tech Start-up, then a College of Education working on multi-media technology.  Thereafter I completed a Master’s Degree in Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy.

I entered the profession in 1997, working in the IP department of a large UK company, then in private practice from 2000 to the present date, firstly as a technical assistant and then as a Director of a medium-sized firm of Patent Attorneys in Scotland.

I have advised a wide range of clients from large multinational companies in the engineering, electronics, and automotive industries to Universities and SMEs.

I specialise in the drafting and prosecution of patents in the fields of physics & electronics, mechanical engineering and software.  Specifically, this includes battery management systems, fintech, remote sensing and imaging systems, medical devices, lasers, offshore engineering, wind turbines, wave energy systems, packaging, and general mechanical engineering.

  • PurdyLucey Named Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year 2022
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • Barry Purdy named as a Global IP Star by MIP
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • Michael Lucey named as a Global IP Star
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • PurdyLucey Named As Top Tier Firm For Patent Prosecution
    IP Stars / Managing IP 2021
  • Susanne Cahill Named as a 'Rising Star' by Managing IP
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • Michael Lucey named a Global IP Star by Managing IP
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • Barry Purdy recognised as a Global IP Star by Managing IP
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year 2020
    IP Stars / Managing IP
  • 'Hallmarks of the IP service at PurdyLucey are attention to detail and a resolutely commercial focus; every patent application – whether under the Irish, UK, European or Patent Cooperation Treaty systems – is drafted, filed and prosecuted with the utmost care and rigour.'
    IAM Patent 1000 - 2018
  • 'PurdyLucey has been 'warmly endorsed' and is described by IAM as a firm that has secured ''a remarkably strong foothold'' in the prosecution market, thanks to its bright practitioners, whose ''exemplary lateral thinking generates novel concepts and successful strategies''. Highly recommended is co-founder Michael Lucey, a software authority who dispatches ICT mandates with aplomb.'
    IAM Patent 1000 - 2018
  • 'Co-founded by established attorneys Barry Purdy and Michael Lucey, PurdyLucey is forging a strong name thanks to its ''superb pool of prosecution nous''. It is particularly noted for its prowess in Purdy's chosen field of biotechnology, making it a prime choice for life sciences clients. This concentration is complemented by Lucey's success in his electronics and software specialism.'
    IA Patent 1000 - 2018
  • 'Barry Purdy and Michael Lucey are the leading lights and should be considered among the top names in Ireland.'
    Managing Intellectual Property - 2018