MoFo knows clean technology. In a sector dominated by uncertainty, we bring clarity.

Clean technology and climate change law are still evolving. We have more than 150 Clean Technology lawyers around the world – from California to Washington, D.C., New York to London to Berlin, Asia and Israel – who stay ahead of the curve on regulatory developments and investment trends to maximize your business potential.

We combine the strength of our corporate and litigation engines with our deep technical expertise in intellectual property, energy and environmental law to deliver integrated, forward-thinking solutions.

Intellectual Property: Securing your Foundation

MoFo is an intellectual property powerhouse. We offer an unbeatable combination when it comes to IP: a patent and plant variety protection practice and dedicated technology transactions group that are each highly regarded destination practices in their own right and work seamlessly together.

We can help you develop and implement an integrated intellectual property strategy that aligns with your business strategy. Examples include: strategic patent applications for clean technology clients such as Heinz and The California Table Grape Commission for plant varietal protection and the Energy Biosciences Institute, and intellectual property due diligence for clean technology investors such as Khosla Ventures. For sophisticated clean technology companies like Catchlight Energy and Toshiba, we specialize in large and complex technology transactions. We have helped commercialize intellectual property, products, and services in almost every clean technology sector. We think creatively and look to the future—helping clients maximize the "carbon" value in licensing transactions, address the impact of governmental funding on intellectual property rights, and secure core technology to access capital markets and meet emerging renewable energy standards.

Environmental and Energy Law: Navigating a Changing Landscape

Our environmental and energy law practitioners, many of whom were former state or federal regulators, cover the playing field. We advise on new legislation, such as RPS standards, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and cap and trade bills. We have extensive experience representing clients in utility commission proceedings, the restructuring of retail power and gas facilities and the construction of generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. Our land use and environmental attorneys streamline the approval process and recommend strategies for the successful permitting, development, and financing of projects for clean technology companies such as EDF Renewable Energy, First Solar, and E.ON Climate and Renewables. We provide cutting edge advice to better position our clients to address the latest carbon sequestration, climate change and greenhouse gas reduction regulations.

Corporate and Finance: Growing the Bottom Line

Green pays. Our transactional lawyers advise companies on corporate governance, acquisition, development, and finance matters. We help companies acquire synergistic assets; obtain equity, debt, and development financing. We counsel in their acquisition, development, operation, and financing of energy production facilities, various core technologies, and energy efficient businesses. Our project finance and development attorneys specialize in domestic and international energy projects, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, landfill, and nuclear projects. Our corporate and finance clients include Meridian Energy, First Solar, Silicon Valley Bank, Solel Solar Systems, Rabobank, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Litigation: A Deep Bench for High-Stakes Disputes

When clean technology issues end up in litigation, it's time to turn to Morrison & Foerster's second-to-none litigation team, with a deep bench of litigators having expertise covering all areas of clean technology litigation, including intellectual property, false advertising claims relating to green or environmental marketing, and securities litigation. Our IP litigators are known for their extraordinary technical grasp of these technologies and superior courtroom skills. Our green marketing litigation practice provides clients with first-class counseling, enforcement actions, and litigation assistance. And our securities litigation practice is at the cutting edge of issues such as sustainability disclosure and carbon accounting.

MoFo provides a competitive edge in this diverse industry sector

MoFo has emerged as the leading clean technology firm in the world. Our team delivers innovative advice and impeccable service to a roster of diverse clients driving the transition to sustainable energy. Our experience, with well-established and up-and-coming players, provides clean technology clients with a competitive edge. Our global network of lawyers have specific industry experience across many clean technology sub-industries and subject matters, including renewable energy; regulation of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions; and marketing, advertising, and other "green" activities.

Carbonetworks, Inc.
We represented Carbonetworks, a provider of software tracking for carbon emissions and a trading platform for credits, in the closing of a US$5 million Series A Financing Round.  The funding was provided by NGEN II, L.P., part of the NGEN Partners group of leading cleantech venture funds.  We also advise Carbonetworks on financial and technology transaction issues as well as carbon regulation and trading.
Catchlight Energy LLC
We represented Catchlight Energy in intellectual property matters in connection with its joint venture with Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on developing the next generation of renewable transportation fuels from nonfood sources.
Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
We advised Mendel Biotechnology, a plant biotechnology company, on the global protection of its transcription factor trait program and biofuel feedstock development, as well as on its Miscanthus Breeding Program. In addition, we are providing the company with overall patent portfolio strategy and services.
Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council
We advise the Stewardship Council on development and implementation of a Land Conservation Plan for approximately 140,000 acres of PG&E lands to promote beneficial public values, including open space preservation, protection of historic values, sustainable forestry, habitat protection, agricultural uses, and outdoor recreation. We also serve as outside corporate counsel for this nonprofit corporation and provide advice on a wide array of legal issues related to the structure of the foundation, corporate governance, conflicts of interest and fiduciary duties, grant making, employment, land use, and environmental. Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council was established to oversee and carry out the Land Conservation Commitment established by the Settlement Agreement and Stipulation by and between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission, and to provide funds for the purpose of providing a wilderness experience for urban youth.

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(Chambers USA 2012)

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