Phillip D. Wolfe

Associate

Philadelphia
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Overview

Phil Wolfe enlists experience as an engineer, in-depth understanding of intellectual property law and enthusiasm for client service to grow his practice. He has a keen interest in tailoring IP strategies to fit specific needs – an approach that necessitates learning clients’ business landscapes as well as their technology and innovation initiatives. 

Phil’s developing practice focuses on patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling. For patent litigation, he represents multinational technology and manufacturing companies in federal court, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Phil also prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the mechanical engineering and telecommunication technology fields.

Phil is also the current Vice Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Israel Committee where he works to establish and maintain relations with IP associations in Israel, as well as studies and reports on issues of interest to the AIPLA Board of Directors and membership.

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Patent Litigation Experience

  • Representing a water filter products company against claims of patent infringement before the U.S. International Trade Commission. This matter is ongoing.

Patent Prosecution Experience

  • Works with major communications company in developing patent portfolios to support their strategic business goals, including prosecuting foreign and domestic applications and providing counsel on filing decisions.
  • Provided legal advice to several startup companies regarding their IP rights during initial development.
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Experience

Patent Litigation Experience

  • Representing a water filter products company against claims of patent infringement before the U.S. International Trade Commission. This matter is ongoing.
  • Representing an international construction materials company regarding its claims of patent infringement against competitor. This matter is ongoing.
  • Represented domestic and international distributors of Pulsed Electric Field systems (PEF) as third-party defendants to a patent and trademark dispute.

Patent Prosecution Experience

  • Works with major communications company in developing patent portfolios to support their strategic business goals, including prosecuting foreign and domestic applications and providing counsel on filing decisions.
  • Provided legal advice to several startup companies regarding their IP rights during initial development.
  • Worked with inventors, engineers and counsel to evaluate IP developed through corporate research and development.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Vice-Chair, IP Practice in Israel Committee (2022 to present)
  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)
    • Board Member (2022 to present)
  • American Bar Association: Intellectual Property Section

Pro Bono

  • Represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases through the Prisoner Rights Panel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Counsel and prepare agreements for qualifying small businesses and individuals to protect their IP rights.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Richard G. Andrews, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware: Judicial Intern (2019)
  • Eaton Aerospace LLC: Design Engineer (2016 to 2017)
  • Milton Roy: Product Support Engineer (2015)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 77,698
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Intellectual Property Law concentration, Villanova University School of Law, 2020, cum laude; President, Villanova IP Society; American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation: Jan Jancin Award
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2017, cum laude

Blog

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit: AI Cannot Be a Named ‘Inventor' Under the Patent Act
By Phillip D. Wolfe
August 9, 2022
On August 5, 2022, the Federal Circuit in Thaler v. Vidal ruled that an artificial intelligence (AI) system cannot be listed as a named inventor on a patent application, affirming the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
World IP Day – A Day To Celebrate Youth-Led Creativity
By Phillip D. Wolfe
April 26, 2022
World Intellectual Property Day is again upon us. While last year’s theme focused on IP for small businesses, the focus this year is on celebrating youth-led innovation and creativity. With the increased consumption of media and the ease...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
"Teaching Away" – A Change To This Historically Inconsistent Doctrine
By Phillip D. Wolfe
August 6, 2021
Teaching away is an important concept when considering the obviousness of a patent claim. The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Chemours v. Daikin[1] makes it easier to find that a reference teaches away from an invention, potentially...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Today Is World IP Day – Make Your IP Work for You
By Phillip D. Wolfe
April 25, 2021
April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day, focusing this year on how small businesses can use intellectual property (IP) rights to build a stronger, more competitive and resilient business. To those unfamiliar with IP and its nuances...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Looking for Clarification on Means-Plus-Function Claiming? Here Are 4 Things You Should Know
By Phillip D. Wolfe
March 3, 2021
In Rain Computing, Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co., No. 2020-1646 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 2, 2021), the Federal Circuit reversed a judgment of non-invalidity and in doing so provided clarity to its post-Williamson (792 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2015))...
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