Opportunities and Risks – Lessons from the Biofuels Industry

Cleantech IP Bootcamp

10/12/2011 11:30 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.

Clean Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation

Claremont Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705

Michael R. WardOtis Littlefield, and Tessa J. Schwartz

Michael R. WardTessa J. Schwartz, and Otis Littlefield


Genevieve Oransky
(415) 268-7105

About the Boot Camp Series: Cleantech companies often face unique legal issues when it comes to protecting their most valuable assets: their intellectual property.  Morrison & Foerster is hosting a series of seminars specifically tailored to meet the needs of this industry.  Throughout the series, we will put the Cleantech sector’s IP issues in context, advising participants on Cleantech-specific opportunities and risks, and also discussing more general IP issues through sector-specific examples.

Topics Will Include:

  • The biofuels industry and BP's role
  • Energy Biosciences Institute - an example of a successful university/industry partnership
  • The importance of protecting your invention
  • The process for protecting your invention
  • The importance of the Freedom to Operate
  • How to license a patent
  • Important business considerations related to intellectual property 
  • How to handle a cease and desist letter
  • What are the best pre-litigation strategies


  • Michael Ward, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP


  • Tessa Schwartz, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Andrew Monach, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Otis Littlefield, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mitch Altschuler, IP Manager, Energy Biosciences Institute
  • Michael Kolman, Attorney, BP America Inc.

MCLE Credit: 1 Hour General California MCLE

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