Partner & Patent Attorney

Glasgow Office Munich Office

Telephone. +44(0) 141 229 5800
Mobile. +44(0) 752 507 1498
Email. [email protected]


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, 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 as an IAM Global Leader. He has been personally listed in the IAM 1000 from 2014-2020 and been an MIP Star from 2014-2020.

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 and is highly sought after by clients due to his advocacy skills in both defending and opposing European patents.

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.

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.


  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy
  • Food science
  • Household products
  • Material science
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceutical technologies
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Printing technologies


  • Energy icon Energy
  • Food & drink icon Food & drink
  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices


  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • In-house legal support
  • Operations
  • Patent oppositions & appeals
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy
  • Transactional IP & commercial support
  • Utility models


Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)


1st Class Honours in Chemistry




Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London


MIP Star

Gary has been personally listed as an MIP Star from 2014 - 2020. "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.”

View recognition online

IAM Global Leader

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."

View recognition online

IAM 1000

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 - 2020. "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."

View recognition online

MIP Awards

Gary led the HGF Scotland team to winning the Prosecution Firm of the Year for Scotland in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

View recognition online


IAM Strategy 300 2021

View publication online

IAM Patent 1000 2020

View publication online

MIP IP Stars 2020

View publication online

IAM Global Leaders 2020

View publication online

HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

View publication online

IAM Patent 1000 2019

View publication online

IAM Global Leader Article

View publication online

Conferences: 2021

October 29th 2021

Asian Patent Attorneys Association Council Meeting


Event details

October 28th 2021

AIPPI World Congress


Event details


Within our office 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 also 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.

Related News

Event - 26th October 2021

9th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe

9th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe will be held on 26th-27th October 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The event is dedicated to exploring microbiome research and strategies for …

Event details
Event - 21st October 2021

Medical Technology Ireland Conference 2021

Medical Technology Ireland Conference will be held on 20-21 October 2021 at the Galway Racecourse. Medical Technology Ireland Conference features presentations by leading international medical device experts with thought-provoking guest …

Event details
Event - 3rd November 2021

Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US

HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …

Event details
Event - 26th October 2021

WIPR Patents Live Broadcast

HGF’s Attorney-At-Law Olivia Petter will be speaking at the WIPR Patents Live Broadcast on Tuesday 26th October. WIPR Patents Live is a programme that gives you access to unmissable live …

Event details
Event - 4th October 2021

IPBC Europe 2021

IPBC Europe: Leadership Summit will be held in-person on 4-5 October in Dublin. The conference is the top European gathering of senior corporate IP professionals. It will be covering the …

Event details
Event - 7th October 2021

The Business of Science Conference 2021

HGF is sponsoring The Business of Science Conference 2021 on 7th October. Science and the commercialisation of science continues to be fundamental to the economic growth of the UK and …

Event details

IAM Strategy 300 2021

IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide has been published and HGF is delighted to have 4 Partners listed. The guide draws from the worlds of private practice, consulting and other …

Read article
Event - 20th September 2021

German Biotechnology days 2021

HGF’s Partner Dr Markus Zoller is attending and speaking at the German Biotechnology days on 20th September 2021. German Biotechnology days is the go to event in the industry and …

Event details

Let's talk

If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our IP specialists.