Mechanical Technologies

Group at a Glance

  • 20 members
  • Industry experience includes: medical devices, laboratory & diagnostic equipment, sporting goods & recreational equipment, consumer products, apparel & footwear, textiles, manufacturing & industrial equipment, electrical connectors, electromechanical devices, imaging & control systems, sensors, optics, microfluidic devices, automotive, environmental technologies, and communications systems

What Matters to Our Clients

Customized Delivery of Sophisticated Counseling

Our clients’ diverse profiles, situations, and industries require strategies that are realistic, business-based, and actionable. On a daily and personalized basis, we work with our clients to identify their present and future IP needs within the context of their specific business drivers. We take into consideration their plans for growth, geographic locations of key activities such as manufacturing and sales, industry trends, and competition — present and lurking.

We’re often commended for the extraordinary skill, care, and enthusiasm we bring to our clients’ IP issues. We treat each matter with the vigilance of a bet-the-company case. Counseling start-ups through Fortune 500 companies, we know first-hand the issues that companies face as they grow, and frequently provide advice on what VCs and investors look for when they evaluate intellectual property.

Our clients count on us both for shrewd big picture strategic advice on issues such as new product development and competitive targeting, as well as for the passionate attention to detail that is a critical success factor in patent law. We measure our success in terms of our clients’ achieving their business goals and spend time educating senior management on IP issues. Sound knowledge enables them to foresee and react quickly to opportunities and threats.

Deep Industry Knowledge and Breadth of Expertise

We are keen observers of the players, technologies, product offerings, and industry trends that make up the marketplaces of our clients. We are active in industry trade associations and regularly attend key conferences to continuously update our understanding of the competitive landscape. 

We scrutinize the patent and trademark filings of our clients’ competitors looking for the earliest signs of potential blocking patents and other competitive obstacles. Our clients appreciate being able to make well-informed decisions about the risks of proceeding with a project, especially when we are able to advise them on viable engineering alternatives and other steps to minimize exposure.

Our services include: strategic counseling on IP portfolio development and management, product clearance, patent validity, patent and trademark drafting and prosecution, design patents and trade dress protection, intellectual property audits and due diligence, international filing strategies and execution, competitive intelligence and monitoring services, licensing and other IP agreements, and infringement enforcement and defense. When a client becomes involved in litigation, we work closely with our Litigation Group to design effective and persuasive trial strategies shaped to meet our client’s needs and budget.

International Experience

Life in a global economy means that our clients increasingly face intellectual property issues related to conducting business overseas. Whether manufacturing and selling products overseas, or acquiring raw materials and components from foreign countries, our U.S.-based clients depend on us to develop effective and realistic international IP strategies, including advising on when, where, and what to file.

We also represent clients in oppositions and litigation in foreign countries. Doing so, we work with a carefully selected group of foreign firms to provide our clients with on-the-ground legal expertise and resources.

In addition, foreign-based companies conducting business in the U.S. seek us out to handle protection of their intellectual assets. We are known as a go-to firm for U.S. freedom to operate analyses and for the efficient prosecution of foreign based patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Areas of Expertise

Examples of our group's areas of expertise include:

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  • Automotive components
  • Engines
  • Fuel delivery systems
  • Interior trim components
  • Safety equipment
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
Consumer products
  • Apparel & fashion accessories
  • Food & beverage products
  • Furniture
  • Home & garden
  • Infant & children's products
  • Kitchen & houseware products
  • Office products
  • Personal care products
  • Pet products
  • Printers/cartridge/inks
  • Recreational equipment
  • Sporting goods
  • Textiles
  • Toys
  • Electrical & optical interconnection
  • HVAC devices & controls
  • Instrumentation
  • Intelligent devices
  • Microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Positioning systems
  • Processing equipment
  • Robotics
  • Security & surveillance systems
  • Recycling technologies
  • Water & waste water
Image processing
  • Machine vision
  • Medical imaging
Manufacturing/industrial equipment & processes
  • Adhesives/tape
  • Analytical instruments
  • Construction equipment
  • Electrical connectors
  • Engines
  • Fiber optics manufacturing equipment
  • Filtration
  • HVAC devices & controls
  • Injection molding systems
  • Inks & coatings
  • Inspection equipment
  • Metal films
  • Packaging
  • Power generation
  • Robotic systems
  • Security & surveillance systems
  • Sensors and controls
  • Surface preparation
  • Textiles and textile equipment
Materials technologies
  • Alloys
  • Ceramics
  • Injection molding systems
  • Materials processing
  • Microfluidics
  • Organic materials
  • Organometallics
  • Polymers
  • Textiles
Medical devices & technologies
  • Assay & testing equipment
  • Biocompatible materials
  • Biodegradable & permanent implants
  • Cardiac devices & therapies
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental devices & equipment
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Dialysis equipment
  • Endoscopic devices
  • Fasteners
  • Joint repair devices
  • Laboratory & analytical devices / equipment
  • Laser treatment devices
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical products
  • Minimally invasive surgical devices
  • Optical medical/cosmetic devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Patient monitoring systems
  • Polymers
  • Pumps
  • Purification & separation technologies
  • Sampling equipment
  • Surgical materials, equipment & techniques
  • Vascular repair devices
  • Fiber optics manufacturing equipment
  • Optical interconnects
  • Optical networks
  • Photonics
Pollution abatement
Recycling technologies
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Representative Group Clients
  • Brown University
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Butterfly Network, Inc.
  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Davol, Inc.
  • DEKA Research & Development Corporation
  •, Inc.
  • Euro-Pro Operating LLC
  • Fitlinxx
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems
  • Keurig, Incorporated
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nikon Corporation
  • OrbiMed
  • PathoGenetix
  • Ranier Technology
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Teradyne, Inc.
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Vermont
May 13, 2015 - IP ALERT - New International Design Patent Application, Increased Patent Term Now in Effect

December 9, 2014 - WEBINAR: The Business Case for Patenting Mobile Medical Apps and Other Medical Device Software - Replay Now Available

High Point Design v Buyer's Direct (dec. 9/11/13) - Federal Circuit Reinforces Tests for Functionality and Obviousness in Design Patents

October 20, 2014 - 22 Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

August 18, 2014 - Ten Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

March 5, 2014 - Doug Wolf featured as the 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

In Re Applied Materials, Inc (8/29/12) - How to Overcome Obviousness Rejections Based on Results-Effective Variables

K-TEC, Inc. v. Vita-Mix Corp. (9/6/12) - Using the Non-Analogous Art Doctrine to Combat Obviousness

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 11, 2013 - Top Issues Every Consumer Products Company Should Consider

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

MarcTec, LLC v. J&J and Cordis Corp. (1/3/12) - Victors May Receive Awards of Attorney and Expert Witness Fees in Exceptional Cases

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

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

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

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 2011 - How To Respond To A Cease & Desist Letter

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

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

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

December 2009 - Diversify Your Patent Portfolio with Design Patents

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

October 2009 - Court Case on Patent Delays Holds Appeal for Industry

July 2009 - Diversify Your Medical Device Patent Portfolio with Design Patents

June 10, 2009 - Outsourcing Without Ousting Your Patent Rights

May 14, 2009 - Our clients Cambridge NanoTech and E Ink named winners of SBANE’s New England Innovation Awards, and our client Formulatrix named as finalist

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

LITIGATION SUCCESS - Wolf Greenfield wins $17M patent infringement settlement from Kraft for our client Keurig

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

September 30, 2008 - CLIENT ALERT — Federal Circuit Eliminates “Point of Novelty” Test for Design Patent Infringement

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

June 30, 2008 - Supreme Court Expands Exhaustion Doctrine

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

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

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

March 3, 2006 - CLIENT ALERT — Supreme Court Loosens Patent Licensing and Sales Rules

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