Craig Brownlie

Craig Brownlie

Partner - Patent Attorney

Craig has considerable experience in drafting and prosecuting patent specifications for inventions in the nanotechnology sector, including electrical storage cells, graphene applications, environmental sensors, user interfaces and wearable electronics.

Following his PhD - which involved the fabrication of thin film magnetic samples as potential storage “bits” using electron beam lithography, and analysis of their magnetic switching behaviour using Lorentz transmission electron microscopy - Craig entered the patent profession in 2007. 

He joined Potter Clarkson in 2009 and became a partner in 2018.



Physics, electronics, computing, mechanical engineering and materials science 


Craig achieved a first-class degree in chemical physics from the University of Glasgow and went on to complete his PhD in solid state physics at the same institution. 


BSc (Hons), PhD, Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate, UK and European Patent Attorney

Awards & Recognition

During his time at university, Craig was awarded the Bader Bursary for his undergraduate achievements in chemistry, the JK Hunter Memorial Prize, and the Thomson Experimental Prize for his PhD research.

IAM Patent 1000 - Prosecution 2021-2022


Outside work, Craig enjoys running, hill walking and family days out.  



Craig Brownlie is our main point of contact. He has consistently demonstrated that not only does he know our sector and our portfolio well, but has provided advice with the right level of pragmatic oversight to allow us to make proceed/halt decisions on research, patent applications and scope of portfolio." Legal 500, 2022
Brownlie’s solid-state physics PhD informs his “reliable commercial advice” in the nanotechnology sector." IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2021