Cleantech

Group at a Glance

  • 23 members
  • 20 members have advanced degrees
  • Members are drawn from Biotechnology, Chemical & Materials Technologies, Electrical & Computer Technologies, and Mechanical Technologies Groups
  • Members' backgrounds include: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Optics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Physics, and Biological Chemistry

What Matters to Our Clients

Strength Across Multiple Disciplines

A strong intellectual property position is a critical component to the success of any cleantech venture. But establishing and protecting that position is complicated by the diversity of the science involved in cleantech advances. By their nature, innovations designed to change our global reliance on traditional energy sources and reduce the environmental footprint regularly blur the boundaries of scientific disciplines.

Our clients recognize that we have the strength and breadth of legal and scientific expertise across the various technical disciplines that are integral to the cleantech industry. They appreciate the fact that we can easily customize a team of attorneys and technology specialists who are able to quickly grasp any unique convergence our client is leveraging in the market.

This group, all of whose members have advanced degrees, offers expertise in such areas as: biotechnology, inorganic and organic chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, optics, and mechanical engineering.

Broad Client Base

Our cleantech clients include a wind turbine manufacturer, a manufacturer of recycling equipment and recycling facilities, a company engineering bacteria and yeast for producing ethanol, and a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting. In addition to emerging and established cleantech companies, we work with academic and research institutions as well as venture capitalists and other investors who are looking to identify, explore, and invest in next-generation clean technologies.

We provide the full range of IP services to our clients including: IP portfolio development, patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence, opinions, licensing, and infringement enforcement and defense.

Industry Involvement

Our Cleantech Group participates in and sponsors industry groups and events such as Greentown Labs, New England Clean Energy Council, and Renewable Energy Business Network. Members have also served as judges and mentors for the MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize. Our clients appreciate that we are active in the industry, staying current with emerging trends, ideas, and competition in this rapidly evolving space.

Areas of Expertise

Examples of our group's areas of expertise include:

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"Green" chemistry & manufacturing
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Alternative energy
  • Biomass derived fuels
  • Clean coal
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric / tidal
  • Hydrogen / fuel cell
  • Solar
  • Wind power
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Bioenergy technologies
  • Genetic manipulation of microorganisms
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Efficient energy use / distribution / conservation
  • Grid management
  • High efficiency heating / cooling / ventilation
  • High efficiency power supplies
  • Semiconductor lighting
  • Transportation / vehicles
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Energy storage technology
  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Supercapacitors
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Environmental
  • Recycling technologies
  • Waste recycling
  • Water & waste water
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Pollution abatement
  • CO2 mitigation / greenhouse gas abatement / recycling or sequestration
  • NOx / SOx reduction
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Sustainable architecture
  • Materials & design
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Sustainable growth technologies
  • Urban planning
  • Water / sewage treatment and waste management
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Representative Group Clients
  • Harvard University & Medical School
  • Luminus Devices, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sion Power Corporation
  • Sun Catalytix Corporation
  • Ze-Gen
Newsstand
March 5, 2014 - Doug Wolf featured as the Entrepreneur.com expert for the month of March

January 30, 2014 - "Intellectual Property for Startups: Making It Work on a Limited Budget" Webinar - Replay Now Available

October 21, 2013 - Twenty Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Selected to 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

October 18, 2013 - IP ALERT - European Patent Office Reverses Two-Year Deadline on Divisional Applications

October 17, 2013 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Strategically Building a Valuable Worldwide Patent Portfolio - Replay Now Available

August 15, 2013 - Ten Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

August 2013 - Rainmaker Q&A: Wolf Greenfield's Edward Gates

June 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to IAM 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners List

Wrigley Jr. Co. v. Cadbury Adams (6/22/12) - Influence of Secondary Considerations in Overcoming Prima Facie Case of Obviousness

April 24, 2013 - WOLF GREENFIELD WEBINAR: Key Patent Litigation Decisions and the ITC as Alternate Forum - Replay Now Available

April 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Tops the Boston Business Journal’s List of Largest Area Intellectual Property Law Firms

April 10, 2013 - Rob Walat quoted in Mass High Tech

March 22, 2013 - Ed Walsh quoted on "first-inventor-to-file" changes

March 22, 2013 - Patrick Waller quoted on the "First-Inventor-to File" system

March 11, 2013 - Patrick Waller quoted in Law360 on first-to-file patent system

February 21, 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Attorney Recognized for Pro Bono Service by Women’s Bar Foundation

February 12, 2013 - Deadline approaches for patent protections

February 5, 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Named Elite Trademark Law Firm in World Trademark Report 1000

January 29, 2013 - Preparing for the “First Inventor to File” Transition

January 18, 2013 - Ed Walsh was quoted in a Law360 article on Patent Reform

October 22, 2012 - Fifteen Wolf Greenfield Lawyers Highlighted in 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

October 18, 2012 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: What You Need to Know to Prepare for the "First Inventor to File" Transition - Replay Now Available

September 19, 2012 - Eleven Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Selected for 2013 Best Lawyers in America®

September 6, 2012 - Federal Circuit Establishes New Standard on Divided Infringement and Inducement

July 27, 2012 - Chelsea Loughran quoted in Law360 on the new First-To-File rules

June 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Named to IAM 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners List

June 2012 - GBLS Recognizes Wolf Greenfield with 2012 Associates Drive Award

Marine Polymer v. HemCon (decided 3/15/12) - Intervening Rights Cannot Be Triggered by Argument Alone in Reexaminations

In re Google, Inc. (decided 2/6/12) - Substance of Emails Determines Attorney-Client Privilege Protection

December 2011 - Neil Ferraro Named 2012 Boston Patent Law Association President

January 3, 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Welcomes 2012 Promoting Seven Lawyers to New Positions

November 2011 - America Invents Act: The Implications of Patent Reform

October 12, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield Sponsored MIT Forum Event on October 12

In re Stepan (decided 10/5/11) - BPAI Triggers “New Ground of Rejection” When Changing Statutory Basis of Rejection

September 2011 - America Invents Act – Patent Reform is Finally Here

September 9, 2011 - IP ALERT—Senate Endorses The Long-Awaited Patent Reform

Markem-Imaje Corp. v. Zipher Ltd (decided 9/9/11) - Same Claim Terms Can Have Different Meanings Within Different Limitations

AIA Engineering v Magotteaux (decided 8/31/11) - Federal Circuit Muddies Reissue Application Practice

February 25, 2011 - Managing the Pace of Patent Applications

February 17, 2011 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Managing IP Risks: The Importance of Obtaining Freedom to Operate Guidance - presentation now available

January 1, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield filed 2,749 patent applications and 688 trademark applications in 2010.

December 2010 - Wolf Greenfield was ranked #1 in number of patents filed and number of patent attorneys in Mass High Tech’s annual survey

November 3, 2010 - Wolf Greenfield sponsored the Sixth Annual Conference on Clean Energy

August 25, 2010 - Presentation to entrepreneurs at MassChallenge

August 22, 2010 - Hunter Baker, Ed Gates and Chelsea Loughran presented at the American Chemical Society’s Fall National Meeting

August 20, 2010 - BBJ survey ranks Wolf Greenfield #1 in patent attorneys, patents filed and patents obtained

July 7, 2010 - A Wolf Greenfield Webinar: Forecasting the Future of Method Patents Post-Bilski — archived replay of webinar now available

June 28, 2010 - CLIENT ALERT— Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Business Method Patents

June 17, 2010 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Strategically Building and Monetizing a Patent Portfolio - replay now available

March 1, 2010 - Get your green technology to the head of the line

October 15, 2009 - CLIENT ALERT — USPTO Rescinds Controversial Rules Restricting Patent Applications

October 1, 2009 - Energy, Cleantech, and Intellectual Property

September 2009 - Managing Technology Convergence and Protecting Innovation: Intellectual Property for Cleantech Ventures – Biomass and Beyond

March 25, 2009 - CLIENT ALERT — Federal Circuit Decision on Controversial PTO Rules

February 2009 - Maximizing Intellectual Property Value in Tough Economic Times- Seminar replay now available

WHITE PAPER - Energy, Cleantech, and Intellectual Property: Managing Technology Convergence and Protecting Innovation

November 12, 2008 - Navigating Technology Collaborations and Joint Ventures—Wolf Greenfield seminar

June 11, 2008 - Cleantech and IP: Managing Convergence and Protecting Novelty

May 30, 2008 - Cleantech Group Launched by Wolf Greenfield

February 7, 2008 - An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Intellectual Property Galaxy

November 2006 - Accelerated Examination of Patent Applications: Too Good To Be True?

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Patents

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Intellectual Property Litigation

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Licensing and Transactions