Hoffman Warnick Member Spotlight



Hoffman Warnick, headquartered in Albany, is a full-service intellectual property law firm specializing in patent procurement, copyrights, trademarks, transactions, due diligence, opinions, licensing and litigation.   Founded in 1999, the firm’s attorneys and agents are highly technically qualified and provide the expertise required to identify and protect the intellectual property of its clients.  The growing energy storage industry faces numerous intellectual property issues associated with the development and commercialization of new technologies and Hoffman Warnick is well-positioned to help its industry clients establish their IP portfolios.

As a dedicated IP law firm, Hoffman Warnick has extensive experience in domestic and international patent procurement in a wide range of technical fields.  These include many aspects of biotechnology and chemistry, mechanical and industrial technology, computer and software technology, electronics, nanotechnology, and, energy technologies.  Professionals in the firm have diverse technical degrees including electrical engineering, computer sciences, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and chemical engineering.  Three members of the firm are former US Patent Office Examiners.

Clients of the firm include small start-ups, mid-sized companies, Fortune 100 companies, and colleges and universities.  Start-ups and emerging growth companies are a mainstay in the energy storage industry.  Such companies often have relatively limited IP knowledge and experience, limited funding resources, and a need to maximize their budgets.  For such companies, intellectual property is their most important asset.  Hoffman Warnick’s goal is to help these companies create, leverage and maximize the value of their IP portfolio in order to be able to secure the capital necessary for the growth of their businesses.

According to managing partner and co-founder, Spencer Warnick,  “Hoffman Warnick joined NY-BEST in order to help foster the growth of the energy storage industry in New York.  Identifying intellectual property and obtaining protection for it is a critical need for the companies in this expanding industry.  NY-BEST is the main aggregator of companies in this industry in New York so we are glad to be a part of it.”

The firm includes among its clients a number of NY-BEST members working in a range of energy storage topics.  These include Ioxus (ultracapacitors), BESS Technologies (batteries), Momentive (advanced materials and specialty chemicals), and GE (wind, battery controls, turbines, and other technologies.)  Hoffman Warnick is able to provide expertise in patent and trademark prosecution as well as guidance in many other areas pertaining to intellectual property.  Patent law is dynamic and significant changes occur frequently.  For example, recent Supreme Court rulings may greatly change the landscape for patents related to software controls.  This area is extremely important to many energy storage businesses. 

The firm’s team includes attorneys with substantial experience as mid- to high-level executives at large international corporations.  As a result, they can provide important insights into the issues facing in-house IP teams, CEO’s, technology transfer officers and entrepreneurs.

Hoffman Warnick has offices in Albany, Rochester and Boston.