Aberdeen Remains Scotland’s Leader in Innovation

February 2015

HGF Aberdeen are pleased to report that Aberdeen remained Scotland’s leader in innovation in 2014.  A total of 55 European Patents Applications from Aberdeen based companies were published in 2014, compared to 43 from Edinburgh and 38 from Glasgow.  This is the fourth year in a row that the North-east has topped the tables.

The number of international patent applications filed around the world also continues to rise, with the latest figures from the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office ) Statistics Database showing a 9% annual increase.

Craig Watson, Managing Partner at HGF Aberdeen, said “We can be proud that Aberdeen City and Shire continue to lead the way in Scotland.  The patents from this area extend across many technical fields including life sciences, software and energy.  Indeed, with the recent challenges in the energy sector, local firms are more focused than ever, on new and innovative techniques to increase efficiency.”

Robert Collier, Chief Executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce said  “Our successful track record in research and innovation is one of the reasons that our regional economy is robust. Innovation drives exports, grows business and generates start-ups. New innovation will be critical for the energy sector to recover from current challenges and to shape a new lower-cost future.”

Background information on HGF

HGF Ltd is headed up in Aberdeen by former Aberdeen Junior Chamber President, Craig Watson, one of the first British Patent Attorneys to be based in the city. Craig leads the dedicated energy team who specialise in protecting inventions in the oil and gas sector.

HGF nationally is one of the fastest growing UK full service Patent and Trade Mark attorneys.  From offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Oxford and York, HGF advises on all aspects of intellectual property including: invention identification; branding; patent and trade mark filing and prosecution; design registration; portfolio creation and management; licensing; litigation and dispute resolution. HGF is the third largest filer of PCT patent applications and second largest filed of Community Trade Marks.

HGF has specialist business groups focused upon the broad technical fields of: Energy, Life Sciences; Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals; Electronics and Software; Engineering and Trademarks 

HGF provides the full range of services expected from a leading patent and trade mark firm, and has a dynamic approach to oppositions and appeals, strategic portfolio development, and due diligence that distinguishes HGF within the IP marketplace. The firm’s reputation has grown by providing clients with exceptional levels of service, commercial acumen and technical understanding.

Please contact Craig Watson on 01224 258510 or e-mail hgf-aberdeen@hgf.com for more information.