Startups

Group at a Glance

  • 10 members
  • The group is active in the following entrepreneurial organizations:
MIT $100K Business Plan Competition — judges and mentors
MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize — judges and mentors
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge — gold sponsor
MIT Entrepreneurship Center — founding sponsor
Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day — gold sponsor
New England Clean Energy Council — sponsor 
Smaller Business Association of New England — sponsor
UMass/Amherst Technology Innovation Challenge — lead sponsor / judge
WPI Venture Forum — gold sponsor

What Matters to Our Clients

We Identify with Entrepreneurs

Most young companies have more ideas and energy than money. Innovative by nature, entrepreneurs’ approaches to intellectual property can run the gamut from believing that every idea is a patentable goldmine, to overlooking the topic in the rush of growing a business. In reality, the development of a practical and cost-effective IP strategy is one of the most critical things a young company can do, and the choice of IP advisor one of the most important decisions to be made.

It is our honor to work with young companies, often staying with them through high growth periods and even beyond their acquisition. Our startup clients usually come to us because of our well-founded reputation for technical and legal excellence. What they soon discover is the profound impact our experience can have on their business—both long term and immediate.

We begin with an understanding of our clients’ hopes and business goals, as well as their potential IP opportunities and risks, and then create a portfolio strategy and roadmap for reaching those goals. Often we are able to point out very real applications of their technology in industries beyond their field of vision. We also know their competition, both real and potential.

Bringing the weight of our collective expertise across so many industries and technologies, we position our clients to build barriers to entry for competitors and minimize any existing infringement risks. As one measure of the value we bring to the table, serial entrepreneurs continue to seek us out as they launch and then move on to new enterprises.

Our startup clients have also benefited from the fact our attorneys are networked into the local investment community and can help create valuable business connections for those seeking financing, management or marketing advice, or broader exposure to their key markets.

Creative Due Diligence Approach

Our attorneys are equally comfortable working with VCs and other investors looking to acquire or invest in companies with IP portfolios.

Through our experience in working with VCs and investors over the years, we have developed a customized due diligence process designed to be a cost-effective vehicle to inform a potential investor’s decision whether to invest in a company, and at what valuation. Focusing on the IP protection available to the company and any risk potentials, our due diligence methodology provides the investor with a clear and nuanced vision of the company’s IP assets that is both informative and actionable, in addition to a full review of all IP-related documents and agreements.

Areas of Expertise

Examples of our group's areas of expertise include:

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Drafting and prosecution of patent applications
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Due diligence
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Evaluation of existing patent portfolios
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Intellectual property strategies for startup ventures
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Patent portfolio development for new technologies
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Preparation and negotiation of agreements such as joint venture/development agreements; non-disclosure agreements; employment agreements; technology transfer licenses, and others
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Preparation of opinions for investors on strength of potential acquisition’s intellectual property
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Technology analysis and IP audits
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Trademark counseling and registrations
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Representative Group Clients
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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 16, 2013 - Five Intellectual Property “Landmines” Startups Face

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

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

January 4, 2012 - Patent Reform: What Startups Need to Know

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 2011 - America Invents Act – Patent Reform is Finally Here

June 28, 2011 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: What Every Start-Up Needs to Know: Safeguarding the Value of Your IP- presentation now available

Published in MX Magazine - June 2011 - Five Significant Issues to Consider Before Purchasing a Patent

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

October 25, 2010 - Wolf Greenfield Congratulates its Clients Locately and Pearl’s Premium, Two Winners of MassChallenge Competition

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

June 3, 2010 - New IP Strategy Needed as Investors Get Cautious

September 24, 2009 - A Guide to the Intellectual Property Galaxy

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

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

December 2008 - “Freedom to Operate” Studies Manage Risk and Uncover Opportunities

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

June 19, 2008 - An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Intellectual Property Galaxy

June 19, 2008 - Winning Pitch: Southboro Firm Takes Top Prize at WPI Forum

June 9, 2008 - Give Your Company a Distinct Name

May, 2008 - Intellectual Property Audits: A More 'Diligent' Approach

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

January 17, 2008 - Intellectual Property Considerations in Entrepreneurship

January 6, 2008 - Technology Innovation Challenge

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

September 2003 - Intellectual Property for Start-Up Businesses