Dr Gary Wilson


Gary has extensive experience covering the chemical, medical device, pharmaceutical and mechanical fields. He has represented a range of local and international companies across these technologies for more than 20 years. He is internationally recognised and recommended in the IAM 1000 (Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners).  He is also listed as an IAM Global Leader and an MIP Star. 

Gary has advised clients on numerous technologies including: catalysis; cables and cable assemblies; chemical synthesis; cosmetics; electrochemical materials; fabrics and fibers; filtration; fuel cells; medical devices; oil and gas technology; optics; nanotechnology; polymer materials; renewables; sealants; semiconductors; solar cells and venting products.

Gary provides commercially focussed advice to a range of organisations. This has included advising on all aspects of patent filing strategies, freedom-to-operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, due diligence and licensing issues.

He also regularly represents clients in Opposition and Appeal Proceedings before the European Patent Office and is highly sought after by clients due to his advocacy skills in both defending and opposing European patents. He is also experienced in UK patent litigation and instructing foreign counsel on world-wide litigation matters. 

Gary is personally mentioned and recommended in leading legal directories such as the Legal 500, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). Gary is also one of the limited number of UK patent professionals recommended in the International Guide to the World’s Patent Practitioners IAM 1000 which lists the world's top 1000 patent practitioners and is also listed an IAM Global Leader. He has been personally listed in the IAM 1000 from 2014 - 2019 and been an MIP Star from 2014 - 2019. 

Gary has also led the firm to winning the MIP Scottish IP Firm of the Year Award on numerous occasions and to being a Tier 1 legally ranked firm. Examples of legal directory quotes are: 

"Gary is extremely diligent in working closely with my company to provide the best possible service".  IAM

"Gary is bright, intelligent and dedicated".  Legal 500

"He excels in multi-jurisdictional actions".  MIP

"Gary has been a longstanding adviser who provides an excellent personal service. First class and highly recommended". MIP

“Gary offers a first-class service in all aspects of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness and effective communication.  He is pro-active in working with clients to develop IP strategies and will actively challenge views and assumptions to reach the best patent portfolio position he can obtain”. IAM 

Gary graduated from the University of Glasgow with a First Class Honours degree and Doctorate in Chemistry. He was also awarded the Joseph Black Medal in Chemistry. Gary also studied Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

He joined HGF as a Partner in 2007 to open and manage the firm’s first Scottish office. During this time he has sat on the firm’s Strategy Group, International Review Committee and run the Chemistry Group. He is also a Non-Executive Director of HGF’s Management Board. 

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