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The term “clean tech” is short for clean technology. While there is no standard definition of clean technology, it can be described as a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes. As a discrete legal field, clean tech law is in its infancy, but is rapidly growing as an interdisciplinary field. The transactional side of clean tech law revolves around commercializing new technologies in renewable energy, pollution, and other frontiers in the fight against climate change. Clean technology practices involve a number of more traditional legal areas, including securities, general corporate, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, patent law, licensing, litigation, and federal and state legislative and regulatory issues.

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The term “clean tech” is short for clean technology. While there is no standard definition of clean technology, it can be described as a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes. As a discrete legal field, clean tech law is in its infancy, but is rapidly growing as an interdisciplinary field. The transactional side of clean tech law revolves around commercializing new technologies in renewable energy, pollution, and other frontiers in the fight against climate change. Clean technology practices involve a number of more traditional legal areas, including securities, general corporate, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, patent law, licensing, litigation, and federal and state legislative and regulatory issues.

Clean tech lawyers in private practice may represent clean tech start ups and/or providers of private investment capital including venture capital firms and the venture capital arms of large companies. Clean tech lawyers may also be involved with securities and complex corporate transactions for their clean tech clients, including public offerings, public disclosure issues and mergers & acquisitions. IP attorneys may specialize in various clean tech technologies, including technologies in solar power, wind power, energy efficiency, clean motors, "smart grid," biofuels and other emerging technologies. Clean tech lawyers may also counsel clients on the identification, development, planning and protection of their intellectual property assets via patent and trademark filings, copyright and trade secret maintenance, proposed guidelines for business practices and the careful application of contractual provisions addressing invention assignment, nondisclosure and non-competition. They may also advise our clients as to optimal ownership structures for their intellectual property from a tax and protection perspective. Clean teach litigators enforce and defend intellectual property litigation matters for their cleantech company clients and also analyze clients’ exposure and help clients design around problematic patents. Litigators may also assist in the procurement, licensing and development of energy-related intellectual property assets.

 
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