2017 Edition of IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Wolf Greenfield

Wolf Greenfield has been recognized by the IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The firm was highly recommended for patent prosecution, recommended for transactions, and listed in the bronze category for litigation. In addition, nine Wolf Greenfield attorneys were recognized individually.

Here’s what the IAM Patent 1000 2017 had to say about the firm:

For more than 90 years, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks has enjoyed a seat at the top table in Massachusetts. Not a firm to rest on its laurels, in 2016 it opened a sister office in New York to better serve its client base. Acutely sensitive to budgetary constraints, it is a popular choice among research institutes and universities. With “excellent” patent attorneys on hand whose academic qualifications give them a real facility for technical minutiae, the team’s bread and butter remains prosecution: it files in the region of 4,400 patents annually in countries the world over. Firm chairman Edward Gates is an “extremely well-known and very highly respected practitioner” with a sure command of pharmaceuticals issues. Jenny Chen teams up with him in this space: she is an agile strategist with a big business brain who relishes building up portfolios brick by brick. For biochemistry matters, Patrick Waller’s formidable scientific knowledge enables him to pull innovative solutions out of the bag at the last moment. “Exceptional” in the chemistry field, Timothy Oyer wins plaudits from clients and market commentators alike; the firm president has robust organisational skills and a resolutely commercial outlook. Having spent four years working as a mechanical engineer responsible for new product development, Neil Ferraro can converse with clients in their own language and anticipate their concerns. Over the last 20 years, the firm has also invested significantly in expanding its enforcement practice. It recently prevailed for Sony in a significant Section 101 against Creative Technology before the ITC – the first time a patent has been found invalid under the expedited 100-day procedure. Michael Rader masterminded the win; a disciplined and methodical litigator, he gets sound results without a single minute being wasted. Michael Albert is another contentious dynamo who always aces it in appellate courts. Jeffrey Hsi’s enterprising spirit makes him a fantastic partner for companies seeking to monetise their portfolios by way of licensing or technology transfer; he previously served as corporate counsel at Amgen. Finally, listed in the prosecution, litigation and transactions tables, Jason Honeyman embodies the firm’s holistic ethos: “He is a very strategic practitioner who is always available for clients, regardless of the time of day, and who can be relied on to do a brilliant job.” 

Michael Albert was ranked in the bronze category for litigation; Jenny Chen and Neil Ferraro were recommended for prosecution; Ed Gates was highly recommended for transactions and prosecution; Jason Honeyman was recommended for transactions, highly recommended for prosecution, and ranked in the bronze category for litigation; Jeff Hsi was recommended for transactions; Tim Oyer was recommended for prosecution; Mike Rader was ranked in the silver category for litigation; and Patrick Waller was recommended for prosecution. Jason Honeyman was the only attorney in Massachusetts listed in all three areas.

The IAM Patent 1000 2017 is the sixth edition of a guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. Read more.