SOURCE: Wolf Greenfield

May 11, 2006 10:01 ET

Wolf Greenfield Adds Two Seasoned Lawyers

Granahan and Teja Join Boston IP Law Firm

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2006 -- Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., a Boston intellectual property law firm, has added two leading patent attorneys to its ranks.

Patricia Granahan, a well-known biotech patent attorney, joined Wolf Greenfield as a partner. Joseph Teja Jr., an experienced patent attorney with expertise in electronics and optics, has rejoined the firm as counsel. Granahan was a partner at Ropes & Gray, while Teja was a senior associate at Foley Hoag.

"It's rare to recruit two very talented lawyers like Pat and Joe at the same time," said Wolf Greenfield managing partner Jason Honeyman. "They add to the depth of our firm because of their experience with several key technologies and industries."

Granahan has more than 20 years' experience in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical patents, working with many academic and research institutes, as well as companies from startups to multinationals. She has helped protect pioneering inventions in areas such as gene activation, oncology and trangenics.

Previously patent counsel at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Granahan also has worked in product development and evaluation at Arthur D. Little, Inc. She also headed a University of Massachusetts nutrition education program for children in low-income families, analyzed dietary data from a large federal study, and taught nutrition at a Boston college.

"At the Whitehead Institute, I had the rare opportunity to see, from the client's perspective, how consistently high quality the work product is and how responsive and well trained the attorneys are at Wolf Greenfield," Granahan said. "I'm delighted to be joining this fine group of people."

Granahan received a doctorate in nutrition from Harvard School of Public Health and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Teja has counseled clients with complex IP portfolios including hundreds of patent applications. His expertise includes optoelectronic devices and optical communications, as well as analog and digital circuits, electronic devices, semiconductor design and fabrication, and telecommunications.

Before attending law school, Teja performed research at Hoechst Celanese Corp. where he co-invented a patented optical waveguide device. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer at Rheometrics Incorporated. After graduating from Rutgers University with degrees in electrical engineering and Italian literature, Teja received his master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and his law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Teja began his legal career with Wolf Greenfield. In 2005, Boston magazine named him a Massachusetts "Rising Star."

"Wolf Greenfield has a critical mass of talented practitioners that supports a growing, dynamic practice," Teja said. "I've missed it since I left and eagerly wanted to come back." Wolf Greenfield in Boston (www.wolfgreenfield.com) is one of the most experienced law firms specializing in intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets and litigation. It employs 61 attorneys and technology specialists and 100 support staff.

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