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.
Gary is personally mentioned and recommended in leading legal directories such as the Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) 1000 which lists the world's top 1000 patent practitioners. He has been personally listed in the IAM 1000 from 2014-2022 and been an MIP Star from 2014-2022. He is also a listed IAM Global Leader.
Gary provides commercially focussed advice to a range of organisations. This includes advising on all aspects of patent filing strategies, freedom-to-operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, due diligence and licensing issues. He also has experience in successfully guiding companies through funding rounds.
He also regularly represents clients in Opposition and Appeal Proceedings and is highly sought after by clients due to his advocacy skills in both defending and opposing European patents. He also has the Litigation Certificate from the Politecnico di Milano to act before the new Unified Patent Court (UPC).
Gary has 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. He joined HGF as a Partner in 2007 to open and manage the firm’s first Scottish office. He has sat on the firm’s Strategy Group, International Review Committee and run the Chemistry Group. He is also on the firm's Management Board.
Member of the German Patentanwaltskammer
1st Class Honours in Chemistry, University of Glasgow
Chemistry, University of Glasgow
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
IP Litigation Certificate
The Industrial Property Course – Patents, UPC Litigation Certificate, Politecnico di Milano
Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
Chartered Chemist (CChem)
Gary has been personally listed as an MIP Star from 2014 - 2022. "He excels in multi-jurisdictional actions". “Gary has been a long-standing adviser who provides an excellent personal service. First-class and highly recommended.” “He [Gary] it is excellent to get along with, and fully realises the importance of strong relationships with clients.”
In 2020 and 2021, Gary won the prestigious award of being identified as an "IAM Global Leader" which is an invitation only global award. "Gary Wilson doesn't just engage in patenting as an academic exercise - he is a commercial thinker whose advice goes to the heart of clients businesses in both their short and long-term objectives. Steeped in chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical technologies, he demonstrates impressive industry range."
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. He has been personally listed in the IAM 1000 from 2014 - 2022. “Gary is an exceptional practitioner and one of the most responsive agents I have ever worked with. He always gives practical, thoughtful and client-appropriate advice, which makes it considerably easier to navigate EPO practice. Our clients always have only praise for his advice. Gary has an extremely capable team of people who work with him at HGF and we have the utmost faith in their abilities. What makes Gary and his team’s service even more remarkable is that they manage to provide truly customised and personalised service to all our clients, which is something that is quite rare for a firm of HGF’s size.” "In Glasgow, ringmaster Gary Wilson leads a team of "stellar performers" and has been the driving force behind HGF's success in Scotland since joining in 2007. The skilled advocate makes regular appearances in oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office (EPO); he is also adept at managing international patent portfolios and providing commercially on-point advice to clients of all stripes. "I give Gary the hardest work because I know he won't mess it up", enthuses one satisfied customer. "I use him for complex things that require strategic thinking. Anything I seriously care about goes to Gary." "Gary is extremely diligent in working closely with my company to provide the best possible service". “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”. "Oppositions and hearings at the European Patent Office (EPO) are in other forte - not least thanks to the efforts of managing partner Gary Wilson. The chemistry whizz "offers a first-class service on all aspects of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness and effective communication."
Gary has led the HGF Scotland team to winning the Prosecution Firm of the Year for Scotland in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Gary is also currently listed in the IAM 300 which lists the world's leading IP strategists. He is a leader in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of client's IP portfolios.
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Within the firm, Gary regularly trains a range of trainee patent professionals introducing them to the profession and also guiding them through their professional career and successfully through their exams.
In the Community Gary has provided extensive training opportunities such as summer placements over several years for University students within our office.
He has also previously been a mentor and judge for Biotechnology Yes.
Gary has previously been involved in charitable organisations such as The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust where he has undertaken pro bono work. Gary has also provided a range of pro bono work for the Bon Accord Rotary Club.
HGF is a silver sponsor of LSPN Europe 2022 on 29th November in London. This event will explore some of the biggest challenges facing the Life Sciences Patent Community right now …Event details
HGF is a premium sponsor of the pro-manchester Health Tech conference on Friday 9th December. This conference looks at exploring what new and innovative ideas have been developed in the past …Event details
From 1 November 2022, the EPO has announced changes to the procedure for remedying patent applications that contain parts that have been included erroneously and updated the procedure for filing …Read article
HGF is hosting a webinar on 10th November to discuss ‘Basics and news about Unified Patent Court’. Date 10th November, 2022 Time 14:00 – approx. 15:30 (CET) About the webinar …Event details
HGF is a gold sponsor of the Technology Patent Network Conference on Thursday 3rd November 2022 in San Jose. This conference looks at bringing together the industry’s most innovative companies …Event details
IIPLA 2022 USA is a two-day conference event taking place in Las Vegas on 10-11 October. Experts on Intellectual Property will share the stage to share fresh perspectives, data-driven approaches, …Event details
HGF hosted a webinar on 25th October to discuss ‘Litigating in the Unified Patent Court’. Date 25th October, 2022 Time Session 1 – 7:00 (BST) / 8:00 (CEST) / 15:00 …Event details
If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our IP specialists.