Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Heather graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 with a First Class Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science and Metallurgy.
Heather joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2002. She qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2006 and as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2007. She became a Partner in 2018.
Heather has nearly two decades’ experience in the IP industry. With a technical background is in physics and materials science, Heather works with clients across a wide range of IT and Engineering technologies. She also deals frequently with design matters, protecting all types of products from toys to land surveying equipment.
Some of the technical fields in which Heather specialises include:
• anti-counterfeiting measures, such as optical security devices including holograms
• printing techniques and machinery
• document construction and manufacture
• semiconductor devices and processing
• gas sensors and environmental detection
• infrared imaging and monitoring
• spectrometry and substance separation
• food processing and packaging machines
• toys, games and sport equipment
• fracture and fatigue of metals and other materials
• welding and other joining technologies
Heather has a substantial EPO oppositions practice, frequently representing her clients at hearings before either the Opposition Division or the Board of Appeal, with a success rate of well over 90% to date. She is also well versed in advising on matters of patent infringement both in the UK and abroad, and in bringing the two strands together to achieve the desired outcome for her clients.
Heather works with a diverse set of clients ranging from large multinational companies to SMEs as well as private inventors. She enjoys gaining a deep understanding of her clients’ technology and the industry in which they operate, in order to add real value to her advice and meet the different aims and requirements of each individual client.
Notable clients include: one of the world’s leading manufacturers of banknotes and authentication systems; a household name at the forefront of the toy and entertainment industry; and several high tech university spin-outs.
Named as a leading attorney in the Legal 500 rankings (2020), her clients reported:
‘Heather Scott has unrivalled technical skills. She is of a different class.’
‘Heather Scott’s work on our behalf has been of exceptional quality. She has displayed what we believe to be an outstanding ability to understand complex technical concepts and identify the issues which may conflict with prior art. She is a pleasure to work with, always with a calm but positive disposition, and displays a level of understanding of patent legalities which has enabled us to obtain the patents applied for.’.
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
• European Patent Institute (EPI)
One of Heather’s main interests is to improve diversity and inclusion across the IP industry, as well as increasing access to the profession. She leads GJE’s diversity & inclusion group and is an active member of IP Inclusive and Careers in Ideas.
Outside of work, Heather was an early adopter of remote working – before 2020 came along! – having spent 12 months working remotely for GJE while travelling around the world as part of the Remote Year program in 2016/7.