Practice Areas & Industries: Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP


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Edwards Wildman has one of the leading, worldwide patent practices within a general practice firm with extensive experience establishing, managing, asserting and defending intellectual property rights. Our patent practice includes more than 50 patent lawyers, technology specialists, and agents registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Many of our lawyers have advanced technical and degrees and several were formerly Patent Examiners at the USPTO.

Recognized as a national Tier 1 Patent Law practice in the 2013 U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” our group is also consistently ranked as one of the leading firms in the number of patents prosecuted to issuance each year. In 2012, we filed 2,621 US patent applications and had 1,034 patents issued on behalf of our clients. We also filed 2,028 foreign patent applications that year, with 426 issued for our clients.

Many of our practitioners have years of experience as scientists and engineers in industry and commerce. Learn more about our professionals by technology area:

  • Life Sciences
  • Electrical and Computer Technologies
  • Materials Science and Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technologies

We counsel clients in all areas of patent law, including:

Portfolio Strategy and Prosecution

  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Patent portfolio development
  • International filing strategy and execution
  • Competitive intelligence and monitoring
  • Maintenance and annuities
  • Licensing-out and selling rights
  • Right to use searches

Counseling and Opinions

  • Patentability and prior art searches and opinions
  • Infringement opinions
  • Non-infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Design around strategies
  • Patent due diligence
  • Risk transfer strategies
  • Strategic counseling


  • IP litigation in US federal courts
  • Alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration
  • Post-Grant Review processes in the USPTO
  • Interferences in the USPTO
  • Re-examination and reissue
  • International Trade Commission (ITC) matters
  • Oppositions in the EPO

Life Sciences
For over 30 years, leading life sciences entities have sought our assistance protecting their groundbreaking advancements. Our tailored, commercially-oriented approach has served clients across the globe, including:

  • Biotechnology companies, in stages from pre-clinical through commercialization
  • Branded pharmaceutical corporations
  • Diagnostics and molecular testing companies
  • Universities and research institutions

Our life sciences IP professionals offer strategic counsel on:

  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Patent acquisition and enforcement
  • Patentability, infringement and validity opinions
  • IP audits and due diligence
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

For products entering commercialization, we also advise on issues related to product life cycle management, patent term extensions, Orange Book listings, and ANDA litigation.

Scientific disciplines/Areas of Treatment:

  • Antibiotics 
  • Neurosciences
  • Antibodies 
  • Neutraceuticals
  • Antibody drugs
  • Nucleic acid chemistry
  • Antimicrobial coatings
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemical engineering processes
  • OTC products
  • Biofuels
  • Personalized medicine
  • Bioinformatics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Pharmacology
  • Biomarkers
  • Plant-based vaccines and immunogens
  • Cardiology
  • Plant technology
  • Chemical engineering processes
  • Polymers
  • Diagnostics and diagnostic imaging
  • Protein expression systems
  • Drug delivery technology
  • Protein chemistry
  • Drug discovery/formulation
  • Proteomics
  • Enzyme technology
  • Research tools
  • Epigenetics
  • RNAi
  • Genetic medicine
  • Small inhibitory RNAs
  • Genomics
  • Small molecules
  • Immunology
  • Small molecule chemistry
  • Interventional radiological devices
  • Stem cells and regenerative medicine
  • Intracellular delivery of oligonucleotides-based therapies
  • Theranostics
  • Intravascular OCT imaging
  • Tissue engineering
  • Medical devices/instruments
  • Transgenics
  • microRNA
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Microbiome
  • Vaccine technology
  • Molecular biology and diagnostics Nanotechnology

Electrical and Computer Technologies
We protect our clients’ electrical and computer technologies from competitors and others who, without authorization, profit by infringing electronic devices, hardware, software, semiconductors, consumer products, and business methods. From innovative start-up companies to global leaders in the electronic and computer industries, our experience covers a wide range of technology, including:

  • Analog circuitry
  • LCD technology
  • Application servers
  • Light emitting diodes
  • Broadband
  • MEMS
  • Business methods
  • Modems
  • Cleantech
  • Multimedia
  • Computer hardware
  • Nanotechnology
  • Consumer electronics
  • Networking technologies
  • Content delivery systems
  • Open source software
  • Communications (data and voice)
  • Operating systems
  • Database management & storage
  • Optics
  • Defense systems
  • Photonics
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Plasma technology
  • Digital circuitry
  • Positioning systems
  • E-commerce
  • Power generation systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Processing equipment
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Radar systems
  • Encryption and security
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Energy conversion
  • Robotics
  • Engine control systems
  • Semiconductors
  • Entertainment / video games / mobile games
  • Sensors & actuators
  • Environmental controls
  • Signal processing
  • Financial software
  • Software
  • Health informatics
  • Solar energy technology
  • Image processing
  • Sonic equipment
  • Instrumentation
  • Storage technology
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Test & measurement systems
  • Internet
  • Video display systems
  • Investment vehicles and systems
  • Wireless systems

Materials Science and Chemistry
Protecting innovations in materials science and chemistry requires a deep and broad technical understanding of structures and how processing changes them. Our materials science and chemistry patent practitioners have the strategic focus and the level of experience — both technical and legal — to hit the ground running with a full and nuanced grasp of all the issues. Our technology experience includes:

  • Adhesives
  • Metallurgy
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Microfabrication
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Microfluidics
  • Catalysis
  • Nanomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Nanoparticle compositions and synthesis
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Organic chemistry
  • Coatings & thin films
  • Petrochemical engineering
  • Combinatorial chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Displays
  • Polymers & polymer processing
  • Drug delivery
  • Purification & separation technologies
  • Energy storage
  • Semiconductor materials & processing
  • Imaging agents
  • Sensors
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Solid state lighting
  • Materials processing
  • Textiles
  • MEMS
  • Water & waste water treatment

Mechnical Engineering
Discoveries in industrial manufacturing and commercial products need solid patent protection. Edwards Wildman supports manufacturers in a wide range of sectors, including the aerospace, automotive, energy, consumer products, and transportation sectors.

Many new mechanically based products and processes incorporate electrical, computer, chemical and even biological sciences to either operate or improve performance. Clients appreciate that we can easily customize a team of lawyers with the appropriate backgrounds who quickly grasp the unique convergence of multiple technologies.

Our technology experience includes:

  • Aerospace equipment
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Metal films
  • Aircraft propulsion
  • Medical Devices
  • Analytical instruments
  • Office products
  • Automotive components
  • Optic fibers
  • Body armor
  • Papermaking processes
  • Construction equipment
  • Pneumatic tools
  • Consumer packaging
  • Positioning systems
  • Document processing systems
  • Power generation
  • Electrical & optical interconnection
  • Printers/cartridge/inks
  • Electromechanical
  • Processing equipment
  • Engine control systems
  • Pumps
  • Engines
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Filtration
  • Recycling technologies
  • Fuel delivery systems
  • Robotics
  • Gas turbines
  • Safety equipment
  • Hospital equipment
  • Security & surveillance systems
  • HVAC devices & controls
  • Sensors and controls
  • Industrial equipment
  • Sporting/recreation goods
  • Injection molding systems
  • Surface preparation
  • Inks & coatings
  • Textiles and textile equipment
  • Inspection equipment
  • Toys
  • Instrumentation
  • Vehicle seating
  • Machine tools
  • Water & waste water treatment

Medical Technologies
Edwards Wildman counsels global leaders as well as innovative start-ups in protecting and managing their medical technology. Our patent practice includes IP professionals with backgrounds in life sciences and mechanical engineering as well as materials chemistry and electrical engineering. We understand the competitive nature of the medical device industry and understand the challenges our clients face. Our technology experience includes:

  • Assay & testing equipment 
  • EEG monitoring and seizure detection
  • Biocompatible materials
  • Endoscopic devices
  • Biodegradable & permanent implants
  • Fasteners
  • Blood warming devices
  • Hospital products
  • Cardiac devices & therapies
  • Imaging
  • Catheters
  • Minimally invasive surgical devices
  • Dental devices & equipment
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Diabetes and blood glucose testing
  • Optical devices
  • Diagnostic instruments and methods
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Implantable devices
  • Patient monitoring systems
  • Interventional radiological devices
  • Pumps
  • Joint repair devices Laboratory & analytical equipment
  • Purification & separation technologies
  • Laser treatment devices
  • Sampling equipment
  • Medical imaging
  • Surgical materials, equipment & techniques
  • Dialysis equipment
  • Therapeutic devices
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Vascular repair devices


IP Basics

IP Due Diligence

Patent/Know How License Agreements

Patent/Trade Secrets Litigation

Post-Grant Trial Proceedings