Douglas F. Watson, Ph.D.

Douglas F. Watson, Ph.D.Technical Writer/Patent Scientist

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Ph.D., Physics, Vanderbilt University, 2012M.S., Physics, Vanderbilt University, 2009
B.A., Spanish and Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2000

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Recipient of the National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship
Member, NCAA and Big 10 Men's Soccer Championship Team (1995)

Douglas F. Watson is a Patent Scientist/Technical Writer based in Fitch Even’s Chicago office. In this role, Doug assists with the preparation and prosecution of patents, primarily those directed to computer software and hardware and related technologies. He has worked with clients in the semiconductor, electronics, petroleum, and audio industries, among others. Doug also performs due diligence work and other research in support of the firm’s litigation clients.

With an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University, Doug is eminently qualified to lend his technical expertise in various areas such as circuitry and nuclear/atomic physics. He also has extensive computer programming experience with over 10 years of advanced algorithm development. Doug leverages his decade of work as a theoretical physicist in academia to aid Fitch Even attorneys in the research and understanding of complex patent cases.

Prior to joining Fitch Even, Doug was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the field of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Chicago. This prestigious award supports independent research in cutting-edge science, as well as education initiatives for underserved communities.

During his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin, Doug was a member of the men’s soccer team, which won both the NCAA Championship and the Big 10 Championship in 1995. He later played soccer professionally in the U.S. with the Hershey Wildcats and D.C. United as well as in Santiago, Chile.  


  • “The Intersection of Astrophysics and IP Law,” Girls4Science program, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, February 17, 2018.
  • “How I Became An Astrophysicist: An Unconventional Path,” California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., October 26, 2017.
  • “Modeling Galaxy Star Formation Across Cosmic Time,” Stanford University, 2014.
  • “Modeling Galaxy Star Formation Across Cosmic Time,” University of California at Santa Cruz, 2014.
  • “How to Build Your Own Galaxy with Supercomputers,” Compton Lecture, University of Chicago, 2014.
  • “The Dark Side of Galaxy Formation,” Compton Lecture, University of Chicago, 2014.
  • “Shedding Light on the Fate of Satellite Galaxies Using Their Spatial Clustering,” Yale University, 2011.


  • Watson, D. F., Hearin, A. P., Berlind, A. A., Becker, R. M., Behroozi, P. S., Skibba, R. A., Reyes, R., Zentner, A. R., van den Bosch, F. C., “Predicting Galaxy Star Formation Rates via the Co-evolution of Galaxies and Halos,” MNRAS, 446 (2015): 651.
  • Watson, D. F. & Conroy, C., “The Strikingly Similar Relation Between Central and Satellite Galaxies and Their Dark Matter Halos Since z=2,” The Astrophysical Journal 772 (2013): 12.
  • Watson, D. F., Berlind, A. A., Zentner, A. R., “Constraining Satellite Galaxy Stellar Mass Loss and Predicting Intrahalo Light I: Framework and Results at Low Redshift,” The Astrophysical Journal 754 (2012): 90.
  • Watson, D. F., Berlind, A. A., Hogg, D. W., Jiang, T., McBride, C. K., “The Extreme Small Scales: Do Satellite Galaxies Trace Dark Matter?”, The Astrophysical Journal 749 (2012): 83.
  • Watson, D. F., Berlind, A. A., Zentner, A. R., “A Cosmic Coincidence: The Power-Law Galaxy Correlation Function,” The Astrophysical Journal 738 (2011): 22.
  • Watson, D. F., Berlind, A. A., McBride, C. K., Masjedi, M., “Modeling the Very Small-Scale Clustering of Luminous Red Galaxies,” The Astrophysical Journal 709 (2010): 115.

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