Electrical & Computer Technologies

Group at a Glance

  • 25 members
  • Group is led by 9 Shareholders who are supported by 1 Counsel, 8 Associates, 6 Patent Agents and 1 Technology Specialist. 
  • Degrees (many advanced) in: electrical engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, and physics
  • Expertise in patent prosecution, litigation, interferences, due diligence, licensing, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, design patents, and various areas ancillary to our core practice

What Matters to Our Clients

Deep Technical Knowledge

Collectively, it’s hard to match our group’s depth and breadth of knowledge, our stability as an organization, and our team-oriented practice. Our clients often choose us—sometimes over much larger firms—because of our strategic focus and the level of expertise and experience—both technical and legal—that we bring to the table.

We are business lawyers with technology backgrounds and an expertise in IP law. Our focus is our client’s business and the way the technology and legal protection or threats fit into it; not just on technology per se. Equally important is our practice of creating dedicated client teams that maintain continuity, provide our clients with multiple contact points, and assure a high level of responsiveness and efficiency. We are devoted to the success of our clients.

Most of our professionals have advanced degrees and industry experience. Clients value having a team that can hit the ground running with a full and nuanced grasp of the technological and business issues at stake. We work well together and with our clients, and focus on achieving planned goals. Our shareholders have practiced together for many years and know how to combine their legal expertise with the cutting edge technical training of our newest technology specialists, so we deliver the best of both worlds.

Our attorneys and technology specialists are comfortable and effective at communicating with inventors, engineers, and researchers on technology, and with business stakeholders on commercial aspects of that technology. They know how important it is to provide clients with the practical input and judgment required for serious decision-making.

Our services cover all aspects of clients’ IP needs, sometimes in cooperation with other practice groups in the firm, and include: strategic counseling on the development and management of portfolios; patent and trademark drafting and prosecution; international filing strategies and execution; IP audits; product clearance and design-around advice; due diligence; licensing and tech transfer agreements; patent infringement, validity, and other opinions; litigation; alternative dispute resolution; interferences; and copyright issues.

Distinguished Client List

Our client list includes widely recognized leaders in the high tech and consumer product industries as well as major universities, defense contractors, start-up companies, VCs, and other investors. They welcome the sophisticated and practical advice we provide on ways to maximize their IP assets in the short term, while achieving their long term business objectives—creating revenue from licensing their technology and potential M&A events, and to minimize risks. Our clients appreciate our responsiveness to them and our dedication to honoring both timelines and budgets.

Collaborative Approach

Increasingly, technology blurs traditional knowledge boundaries. When a client’s needs call for diverse, specialized knowledge, we seamlessly team with members of other firm practice groups. We take pride in offering our clients comprehensive service that is rich at every point of expertise. We are supported by a dedicated team of paralegals, search specialists, and international filing specialists, working closely with a hand-picked list of law firms in other countries to assist our clients in addressing global matters.

We recognize that excellence in the dynamic business and legal environment characteristic of today’s emerging technology requires constant learning. So we invest heavily in on-going training designed to address all areas of IP law, as well as business and industry issues.

Our view of working collaboratively extends to our relationship with our clients. We strive for open channels of communication and encourage our clients to keep us informed of major business developments so that we can suggest appropriate mid-course corrections to their IP programs.

Areas of Expertise

Examples of our group's areas of expertise include:

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Acoustics
  • Sonic equipment
  • Sounds systems
  • Transducers, including speakers
  • Ultrasound
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Bioinformatics
  • Biochips
  • Cellular function (e.g., modeling biological pathways, microscopy imaging, data analysis)
  • Clinical trial data analysis
  • Computer-aided disease diagnosis
  • Computer-aided drug design
  • High-throughput screening devices
  • Image databases / analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Microarray analysis
  • Simulators
  • Software (e.g., data mining, modeling/prediction)
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Business methods
  • Delivery systems
  • Educational systems
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Investments and SEC regulatory compliance
  • Logistics
  • Optimization systems
  • Options
  • Recycling & materials recovery
  • Tax and retirement planning methodologies
  • Workflow management
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Communications
  • Antennas
  • Data communications (e.g., coding schemes such as ADSL)
  • Electromagnetics
  • Encryption and security
  • Filters
  • GPS and other location systems
  • Messaging
  • Modulation and coding, including data compression
  • Networking
  • Optical Communications
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • RF transmission and reception
  • Satellite communications
  • Ultra wideband
  • Wireless systems
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Defense
  • Defense systems (including D.O.D. clearance)
  • Ordnance
  • Radar systems
  • Secure communications systems
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E-commerce and internet
  • Application servers
  • Application service providers (ASP) and ASP delivery of products/services
  • Browser architecture and features
  • Content delivery systems
  • Digital rights management (DRM)
  • Entertainment / games (e.g., massively multi-player online games, or MMOG)
  • Insurance services
  • Internet & intranet technologies
  • Investment vehicles and systems
  • Location-based services
  • Mass-market services
  • Multi-tiered internet architectures
  • Order systems
  • Payment systems
  • Search engines
  • Security
  • Server and network analytics
  • Social networking
  • Software as a service (SAAS) systems
  • Web servers
  • Web services
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Electromechanical
  • Electrical & optical interconnection
  • Engine control systems
  • Environmental controls
  • High-speed package sorting systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Intelligent devices
  • Microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Positioning systems
  • Power generation systems (e.g., solar cells)
  • Processing equipment
  • Robotics
  • Security (e.g., passive/active proximity systems)
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Electronics/Computers
  • Analog circuitry (e.g., bipolar, CMOS)
  • Circuit designs
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer networks
  • Consumer electronics
  • Digital circuitry
  • Digital signaling processing (DSP)
  • High frequency circuitry
  • Light emitting diodes
  • Microelectronics / semiconductors
  • Modems
  • Power electronics
  • Processor architectures
  • Processor circuits
  • Semiconductor materials and fabrication of materials and devices
  • Sensors & actuators
  • Storage systems
  • Test & measurement systems
  • VLSI
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Image processing
  • Charged coupled devices (CCDs)
  • Image compression and transmission
  • Image recognition
  • Line scanning cameras
  • Machine vision
  • Medical imaging
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Information content
  • Authentication & encryption
  • Data mining
  • Knowledge management
  • Multimedia
  • Pattern recognition
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Medical technologies
  • Context management & single sign-on capabilities
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Genomic and proteomic sequencing and analysis
  • Health informatics
  • Laboratory & analytical devices
  • Medical devices & systems
  • Medical imaging
  • Optical medical / cosmetic devices
  • Patient monitoring systems
  • Privacy monitoring and auditing
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Nanotechnology
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Networking technologies
  • Broadband
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet & Intranet topologies
  • Network monitoring, management, and security
  • Networking software and protocols
  • Optical networks
  • Wireless networks
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Optics
  • Fiber optics
  • Optical communication and networks
  • Optical interconnects
  • Photonics
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Software
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Compilers
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Development methodologies and tools
  • Encryption
  • Enterprise applications
  • Financial software
  • Modeling
  • Open source software
  • Operating systems
  • Pattern recognition
  • Process control
  • Programming languages
  • Voice recognition
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Storage technology
  • Automatic availability software
  • Data compression
  • Data integration
  • Data migration
  • Database management & storage
  • Parallel processing
  • Storage systems
  • Virtualization
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Representative Group Clients
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Davol, Inc.
  • EMC Corporation
  • L-3 Communications Corporation
  • Luminus Devices, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nuance Communications, Inc.
  • Sony Corporation
  • Teradyne, Inc.
  • University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
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July 2, 2014 - James Morris and Anderson Duff quoted by Mass Lawyers Weekly on Supreme Court's IP decisions

June 24, 2014 - IP ALERT - Supreme Court Weighs In On Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

June 19, 2014 - James Morris quoted by Upstart Business Journal on Alice v. CLS Bank

June 19, 2014 - James Morris quoted by Law360 on Alice v. CLS Bank

June 4, 2014 - IP ALERT - Supreme Court Overturns Federal Circuit's Standard on Inducement and Divided Infringement

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

December 3, 2013 - Bob Abrahamsen quoted on settlement of patent suit against Vanguard

Commil USA v. Cisco Systems (decided 6/25/13) - Good-Faith Belief of Invalidity May Negate Intent for Induced Infringement

October 21, 2013 - Fifteen Wolf Greenfield Lawyers Named to 2013 Massachusetts Rising Stars List

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

Raylon v. Complus Data Innovations (12/7/12) - Unreasonable Claim Construction Arguments Can Be Basis for Attorneys’ Fees Under Rule 11

Ultramercial v. Hulu (6/21/13) - Web Advertising Technique Found Patent-Eligible

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

September 3, 2013 - Bob Abrahamsen quoted on Fidelity's alleged infringement suit.

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

August 8, 2013 - Obama Administration Stops ITC Ban on iPhones and iPads

InterDigital v. Nokia (8/1/12) - Caution Needed When Using Terms of Art in Patent Claims

In re Steve Morsa (4/5/13) - Applicants Can Challenge Enablement of References Cited by Patent Examiners

LaserDynamics v. Quanta Computer (8/30/12) - Federal Circuit Knocks Out Expert’s Application of Entire Market Value Rule in Damages Calculation

August 2, 2013 - Greg Corbett quoted on ban of older Apple products

July 2013 - Q&A With Wolf Greenfield’s Rich Giunta

July 2013 - Protecting Your Intellectual Property in a Post-AIA World

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

May 10, 2013 - CLIENT ALERT— Federal Circuit Fails to Provide Certainty on Patentability of Software Inventions in CLS Bank

In re Mouttet (6/26/2012) - Federal Circuit Provides Insights on Arguments Against Obviousness

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 2013 - Is Your New App Patentable? Uncertainty Surrounding Computer-Related Inventions

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

In Re Hyon (5/24/12) - Federal Circuit Clarifies Substantial Evidence Standard on Appeal for Questions of Motivation to Combine

In re MSTG, Inc (4/9/12) - No Settlement Negotiations Privilege

Noah Systems v. Intuit (4/9/12) - Federal Circuit Clarifies Algorithm Disclosure Requirements for Means-Plus-Function Claims

AFT Trust. v. J&L Fiber (4/3/12) - Prosecution History Can Be Used During Claim Construction

March 26, 2012 - IP ALERT - Supreme Court Invalidates Process Claims in Prometheus

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

In re Erik P. Staats and Robin P. Lash (3/5/2012) - Federal Circuit Rejects Restrictions on Broadening Claims in Reissue Applications

MySpace, Inc. v. GraphOn Corporation (3/2/2012) - Federal Circuit Muddies Waters Over Claim Construction and Section 101

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

January 31, 2012 - Navigating Patent Eligibility for Process Claims

Dealertrack v. David L. Huber et al. (1/20/12) - Lack of Detail in Software-Related Claims Can Mean Invalidity

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

TianRui Group. Co. v. ITC (decided 10/11/11) - ITC Can Find Trade Secret Law Violation Where Acts Occur Outside US

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

Ultramercial v. Hulu (decided 9/15/11) - Federal Circuit Clarifies Limits on Patent-Eligibility of Software Patents

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

August 16, 2011 - Coming soon: Google gadgets

CyberSource v. Retail Decisions (decided 8/16/11) - Processes Equivalent to "Human Mental Work” Not Patent-Eligible

American Calcar v. American Honda (dec. 6/27/11) - Narrow Disclosure Limits Claim Scope

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

December 2010 - Randy Pritizker interviewed in UMass Amherst newsletter

Research Corp v. Microsoft (decided 12/8/10) - Federal Circuit Upholds Method Claims Outside the “Machine-or-Transformation” Test After Bilski

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

February 2010 - Edmund J. Walsh and Andrew J. Tibbetts on the benefits and risks of Open Source software

January 2010 - Reassessing The Benefits and Risks of Open Source Software

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

September 28, 2009 - Court Blocks Software that Violates Open Source Terms

September 2009 - The Arguments For Patents for Business Methods and Software-Implemented Inventions

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

December 20, 2008 - Turning Your Innovations into a Successful Business

November 13, 2008 - CLIENT ALERT — Federal Circuit Preserves–with Modifications–Patentability of Business Methods

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

July 1, 2008 - Supreme Court Expands 'Exhaustion' Doctrine: Patent Owners' Right to Collect Downstream Royalties Restricted

June 11, 2008 - Supreme Court Expands Exhaustion Doctrine and Restricts Patent Owners From Collecting Downstream Royalties

June 11, 2008 - CLIENT ALERT — Supreme Court Expands Exhaustion Doctrine and Restricts Patent Owners From Collecting Downstream Royalties

June 9, 2008 - No Downstream Royalties for LG: High Court

June 3, 2008 - Legal Climate for Open-Source Users Changes with Litigation and License Revisions, Wolf Greenfield Lawyer Writes in IP Law & Business

April 15, 2008 - Seagate Drops Legal Bomb on SSD Memory Maker

April, 2008 - Open Source Software: Recent Muscle-Flexing Adds New Risk

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

January 9, 2008 - Wolf Greenfield, Boston, Names Two New Shareholders - Boston Intellectual Property Law Firm Promotes Teja, Trevisan

January 9, 2008 - Hyde Park Resident Named Shareholder at Boston Law Firm

June 20, 2007 - Intellectual Property in China: Balancing Risks With Rewards

May 9, 2007 - Supreme Court Decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. on "Obviousness"

May 9, 2007 - CLIENT ALERT — Supreme Court Decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. on "Obviousness"

May 7, 2007 - CLIENT ALERT — Supreme Court Decision in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp. on Enforcement of Patents Containing Software Outside U.S.

May 2007 - Is it "Obvious"?: Long-Awaited Patent Decision Leaves Lawyers Scratching their Heads

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

June 12, 2006 - Companies sigh relief from Supreme Court's eBay decision

June 2006 - Cos. Sigh Relief from Supreme Court’s eBay Decision

February 28, 2006 - Open Source in Your Product: Managing the Intellectual Property Risks

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