Jamie Watt > Harper Macleod LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
EH12 5HD



Jamie leads the firm’s intellectual property & technology (IP&T) team, as well as the life sciences group. He is a specialist in both intellectual property law and cybersecurity, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, and a specialist in international trade marks, certified by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

His expertise includes trade marks & brand management (including anti-counterfeiting), patent law, pharmaceuticals and medical devices (including their regulatory regimes), aquaculture and marine technology, blockchain and decentralised network innovation, software, IT/ICT and the internet, and music, entertainment, sports and publishing.

In addition, the European Commission has recognised Jamie as an expert in intellectual property under the Horizon programme, and previously under Framework Programmes FP5 to FP7. He has advised both the European Commission on commercialisation policy and the OECD on open access policy. He has also assisted extensively with the development of IP related legislation at both the Scottish and UK parliaments.

Prior to joining the firm he was the in-house IP manager at a leading Scottish university.  He has also worked in-house for a major independent record label and an artist management company.

Jamie has extensive experience of cross border work and foreign jurisdictions, particularly the US, Netherlands, India and China. He also coordinates the Netherlands country desk, part of Harper Macleod’s international offering.

He contributes regularly to journals such as Sports Law and Taxation on international IP related matters.

Jamie is rated as an expert in trade mark matters by World Trade Mark Review, which comments that he “is highly skilled and experienced within the trademarks field, and has an impressively broad practice”.

He was named as an IP Star by Managing IP magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


LLB (Hons) Dip LP

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

Led by the Edinburgh-based seasoned music industry specialist Jamie Watt, Harper Macleod LLP is regularly engaged by numerous blue-chip media organisations, governing bodies, and public figures for assistance in the full gamut of media sector matters. Tom Thomas‘ commercial capabilities see him advising on film and television production and location agreements, and sports broadcasting rights arrangements. E-Ming Fong and David Kerr anchor the team’s contentious offering, respectively focusing on sports betting and broadcasting disputes, while James McMorrow works with public sector clients on film production funding and location matters. All named lawyers are based in Glasgow unless stated otherwise.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

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Jamie WattHarper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‘s wide-ranging IP practice works with a strong mix of domestic and foreign clients on trademarks, patents, and infringement-related proceedings, including matters before the Court of Session and the UK Intellectual Property Office. In recent months, the team has been especially active on music and publishing disputes, as well as broadcasting rights issues for major international sports groups. Jamie Watt chairs the IP department, in addition to the firm’s life sciences and entertainment practices. Glasgow-based Tom Thomas concentrates on technology sector contract procurement, cyber security, and sports IP, most notably in relation to broadcasting rights. Also in Glasgow, commercial litigator E-Ming Fong is a seasoned advocate before the Court of Session, whose recent engagements include high-value trademark infringement proceedings on behalf of a major international retailer. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Harper Macleod LLP‘s technology practice handles a broad cross-section of work, ranging from public sector and third sector-procured IT contracts and outsourcing agreements, to broadcasting rights and licensing negotiations. Glasgow-based department head Tom Thomas is a regular port of call for a number of civic authorities, software developers, and sports governing bodies, who turn to him for assistance regarding high-value commercial contract matters. IP specialist Scott Kerr handles outsourcing and regulatory issues for a diverse array of clients from the worlds of consumer goods, life sciences, and energy, while Jamie Watt is noted for his capabilities in tech-sector patent disputes. Inverness-based Jill Fryer focuses on public procurement and IT-sector competition work. Glasgow-based E-Ming Fong is recommended for tech disputes, including contentious database rights and passing off proceedings.  All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.