Wolf Greenfield Promotes Four Attorneys to Shareholder

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Robert A. Jensen, Chelsea A. Loughran, Nathan R. Speed and Andrew (A.J.) Tibbetts to the position of shareholder, effective January 1, 2017. The promoted attorneys’ legal and technical know-how covers a range of practice areas, including biotechnology, chemical and materials technologies, and electrical and computer technologies.  

“Rob, Chelsea, Nathan and A.J. exemplify the industry-leading skill and extraordinary dedication for which Wolf Greenfield is known,” said Tim Oyer, Wolf Greenfield’s President. “Their talent, energy and hard work play a key part in helping our clients achieve their business goals. We look forward to seeing them continue to grow and succeed in their new roles.”

Rob Jensen focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, patent portfolio management, counseling, and opinions regarding patent infringement and validity, as well as patentability and freedom to operate studies. Rob’s technical expertise is in the area of circuits and semiconductors, and he particularly enjoys assisting clients on technologies related to electric power, such as power electronics, energy storage, and renewable energy. Rob counsels a variety of clients ranging from startups and academic institutions to large corporations.

Chelsea Loughran works with clients on complex patent litigation matters, including United States International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations. She also works on post-grant patent matters, including inter partes review proceedings. Her technical prowess spans the areas of genome editing, medical device technology, and biologic therapies. Recently, Chelsea helped secure a favorable eve-of-trial settlement for a long-standing firm client in a complex biotech-related ITC investigation. She routinely monitors legal developments in the biotech space and counsels clients on litigation-related concerns. Chelsea also maintains an ongoing docket of pro bono cases and is heavily involved in the development of local pro bono program initiatives and in the support of Boston legal services organizations. In 2015, Chelsea was recognized for “Excellence in Pro Bono” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and was also the recipient of the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project Pro Bono Award.

Nathan Speed focuses his practice on patent litigation and post-grant matters. Nathan has experience litigating patent cases in federal district courts across the country, including in the District of Massachusetts, the Southern District of New York, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas, as well as in the ITC and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His deep knowledge of the law and ability to learn new technologies quickly has allowed him to assist clients in protecting their most critical inventions, including arthroscopic medical devices, data protection and recovery software, 3-D printing technologies, computer and graphics processors, voice-over-internet telephone technologies, digital cinema cameras, bionic prosthetics, and pharmaceutical compounds.

A.J. Tibbetts focuses his practice on software and computer-implemented technologies, and counsels his clients on a full spectrum of IP needs, including tailoring IP strategies to business plans, obtaining patents, navigating acquisitions and licensing transactions, and handling patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. A.J.’s clients build software in a range of fields, from fundamentals like operating systems and networks, to applications like mobile apps, cloud-based services, and speech recognition, to software-driven life sciences products like bioinformatics. While A.J.’s client base includes companies of all sizes, he has a soft spot for helping startups create IP portfolios tailored to their unique business goals. A.J. closely studies the current development of the law surrounding patentability of software and best practices for software inventions, and often presents on this topic, which allows him to help his clients protect their inventions in the midst of the rapid evolution of both the applicable law and the technology.