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.