- Chemical & Materials Technologies
- Electrical & Computer Technologies
- Internet & Domain Names
- Licensing & Transactions
- Mechanical Technologies
- Post Grant Proceedings
- Trademark & Copyright
Group at a Glance
- 7 members
- Group members have represented clients in 28 interferences, including longest-running interference in U.S. history
What Matters to Our Clients
Strong Base of Experience
Interferences are rare enough that most patent attorneys end their careers without ever having handled a single one. But, when two independent parties each claim to have been the first to invent a particular technology or innovation, interference experience counts.
To date, our attorneys have counseled clients through 28 interferences: 19 in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arena, four in the mechanical/medical device arena, three in the electronics arena, and two in the consumer electronics arena. We also hold the honor of successfully managing one of the longest running interferences in U.S. history, Cooper v. Goldfarb, which involved vascular graft technology.
Interferences are complex matters which can turn on procedural mis-steps. With the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office throwing periodic rule changes, as well as changes in their internal procedures, into the already complex mix, those caught unawares can be forced off track. Our clients benefit from our command of the procedures and tactics of interferences based upon our hands-on experience. While opposing counsel may be struggling to get up to speed, we are already developing the merits of our client’s case.
Using our client’s business goals as the guiding principle, we have used interferences to prevent a competitor's patent from ever issuing, to eliminate a competitor's patent, to solve freedom to operate problems, and to help establish patent dominance in a particular area.
As a practical matter, an interference can be won or lost long before the interference is declared. We structure clients' claims in anticipation of potential interferences to avoid an interference altogether, to narrow an interference to safeguard important claims from attack in the interference, and always to provide the best opportunity to prevail should an interference be declared.
Not every case calls for a full-blown interference. With our experience comes the ability to recognize when settlement is the best alternative. Once declared, we develop creative settlement strategies, and craft effective agreements, often unique to interferences, that make sense for our client’s business and IP goals.
Areas of Expertise
We counsel clients in all areas of interferences, including:
- Claim strategies to avoid, narrow or win an interference
- Claim strategies to affect a competitors patent prosecution
- Advice on proper invention record keeping to prove date of invention
- Proper timing for considering interference issues
- Provoking or avoiding interferences
- Prosecuting interferences from declaration through final hearing
- Settlement and licensing negotiations and agreements
- Using U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures to clients’ advantage
- Strategies for working with Interference Practice Specialists (IPS)
- Appeals to the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
- Section 146 appeals to U.S. District Courts
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
August 15, 2012 - Ed Walsh and Larry Green quoted in Law360 on the new AIA rule changes
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 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
September 9, 2011 - IP ALERT—Senate Endorses The Long-Awaited Patent Reform
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
August 22, 2010 - Hunter Baker, Ed Gates and Chelsea Loughran presented at the American Chemical Society’s Fall National Meeting
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 7, 2008 - An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Intellectual Property Galaxy
October 18, 2006 - Wolf Greenfield Webinar – "Digging Deep into Patent Interferences: What Every Counsel Needs to Know"
Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Patents
Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Intellectual Property Litigation