Clean Technologies

The multi-billion-dollar energy industry is undergoing a technology-driven transformation. Macro trends such as climate change, energy security, energy independence, and emerging growth are driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the rapidly growing clean-technology sector. Our attorneys have prepared and prosecuted patents for a range of clean technologies, from solar cells to natural gas drilling applications and windmills. We have also provided due diligence, opinions, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions services for both entrepreneurs and long-established companies. With more than a dozen attorneys with backgrounds in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics, we can quickly understand even the most complex clean technologies. As clean tech is often capital intensive and can take years to pay out, our clients value our ability to cost-efficiently secure patents and provide strategic market assessments. 

Accelerated Examination

With fierce competition for investor funding, early confirmation of a secured patent can be a valuable competitive advantage. We have significant experience with the range of accelerated patent examination options, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Prioritized Examination Program, the Patent Prosecution Highway, the Accelerated Examination Program, and numerous international accelerated examination opportunities.

Government Contracts Experience

Tapping into available government funding can be critical to success in clean tech. But it is also fraught with risk, requiring a careful, strategic approach. We have experience advising and helping clients navigate complex government contracts, from the U.S. Department of Energy, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies.