Craig Watson


Craig’s practice focuses on the mechanical and chemical fields especially in relation to the Oil & Gas sector and he leads HGFs energy team. As one of the first Chartered Patent Attorneys based in Aberdeen, Craig has advised numerous local, national and international clients on IP protection for nearly twenty years.

Craig is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and deals with a wide variety of technologies including downhole tools, subsea technology, chemical treatments, a variety of renewable energy inventions, as well as valves, pumps and engine components.

Craig provides concise, pragmatic and commercially focused advice on all aspects of IP, especially patent strategy; patent drafting, prosecution and enforcement. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Trade Mark attorneys and is listed in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star for 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

He gained a Masters Degree from Aberdeen University in New Materials after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Chemistry. He also studied at the Institut de chimie de la matière condensée de Bordeaux. Craig progressed quickly through the professional patent exams qualifying in 2003. He is now a member of a European Examining Committee who draft and mark some of the professional exams required to become a European Patent Attorney. 

Craig joined HGF as a partner in 2011 to open and develop the firm’s Aberdeen office. As a current member and former president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Aberdeen, he has delivered numerous presentations and attended events around the world. Craig won the most outstanding member and the most outstanding local president of JCI Scotland in consecutive years. In his spare time he plays the bagpipes and for many years was a civilian member of the Grampian Police Pipe Band.