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Samuel Bird

Patent Attorney

Samuel has particular expertise in medical devices and imaging, and has worked on a number of cases involving technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He also has experience helping clients protect inventions in emerging areas in software such as chatbots, blockchain, and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR).

Prior to joining Appleyard Lees, Samuel worked at a Belfast-based intellectual property (IP) firm where he guided SMEs through the patenting process. Samuel also spent three years working as an electronics/software technology specialist at a Japanese patent law firm. In Japan, Samuel handled several patent invalidation and infringement projects related to telecommunications and digital displays.

Samuel holds a first class master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. His research thesis focused on developing calibration protocols for use in freehand 3D ultrasound.

Specific areas of expertise in patents:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Consumer electronics
  • Control systems
  • Display devices
  • Distributed ledgers (blockchain)
  • E-commerce
  • Image processing (e.g. MRI)
  • Imaging apparatus
  • Integrated circuits
  • Machine learning
  • Medical devices
  • Medical physics
  • Networking and LTE
  • Printing
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications
  • Video coding
  • Virtual computing

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