Increasing demand drives innovation

Global energy supply concerns, increased environmental demands, and the fluctuating and often rising costs of traditional energy sources have dramatically accelerated the pace of innovation in the alternative energy and clean technology markets. Public and private investments in technologies that produce renewable, clean, efficient, and affordable energy and environmental technologies continue to grow and support innovative solutions to some of the world’s most important challenges.

Protecting investments in innovative technologies

Finnegan stands at the forefront of helping companies protect, advocate, and leverage their clean energy and renewable technologies. We advise well-known industry leaders such as Toyota Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., as well as many emerging companies involved in areas as diverse as photovoltaic cells, biofuels, fuel cells, off-grid hybrid systems, and wind power. We counsel them on the full range of IP issues, including:

• Drafting and prosecuting patent applications
• Writing opinions and providing ongoing counseling for new and evolving technologies
• Developing licensing programs
• Conducting due diligence investigations
• Developing portfolio management strategies
• Protecting against infringement through litigation, post-grant Patent Office challenges, and other dispute resolution options
• Providing trademark protection and counseling

Legal and scientific expertise offers a unique advantage

Many clean energy and renewable innovations combine multiple technologies and scientific disciplines. The scope and depth of Finnegan’s technical experience spans electrical and computer technologies, chemistry and chemical engineering, materials science, biotechnology, industrial manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and nanotechnology. This background positions us to understand both the science at the foundation of our clients’ IP assets and the relevant legal issues. More than 75 of our professionals have Ph.D.’s and nearly 100 have Master of Science degrees. Our talent pool includes former in-house counsel, patent examiners, researchers, and engineers.

Extensive industry experience

We work with clean energy and renewables clients across a broad range of disciplines and technologies, including:

Clean and Renewable Energies
  • Biofuels
  • Biomass
  • Fuel cell stacks
  • Geothermal
  • Hydrogen generation
  • Photovoltaics
  • Tidal power
  • Wind turbines
Energy Efficiency Technologies
  • Biological water filtration
  • Next-generation lighting
  • Smart sensors
  • Solar thermal
  • Ultracapacitors
Materials, Manufacturing and Agriculture
  • Advanced packaging
  • Bio-based materials
  • Emissions reduction and exhaust purification
  • Farm-efficiency technologies
  • Natural pesticides and fertilizers
  • Project-level carbon accounting, carbon trading, and carbon sequestration
  • Smart construction
Smart Grid Technologies
  • Energy management systems
  • Grid infrastructure
  • Smart meters
  • Superconducting transmissions
  • Wide area networking communications
Transportation
  • Batteries
  • Electropropulsion
  • Flywheel energy storage
  • Fuel cell vehicles
  • Hybrid propulsion
  • Stirling engines