Ed Gates serves as President and Managing Partner of Wolf Greenfield.

The firm and its clients have benefited from Ed’s service over the years as its Chairman for 15 years, President and Managing Partner from 2000-2005 and again beginning in 2021, a member of its strategic planning committee over a 20-year span, and as the founder of its biotechnology and pharmaceutical groups.

Ed has practiced for over 35 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical arts. Clients describe Ed as “strategic,” “effective” and “persuasive.” He is perennially recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, among many others.

Ed represents clients through all strata, from startups to fortune 500 companies as well as some of the most prestigious universities and research institutions in the world. He has helped clients from inception through successful public offerings and exits and has co-founded several biotechnology companies.

Ed’s practice has focused in recent years on post-grant proceedings, though his experience spans licensing, patent portfolio development, counseling and litigation. Ed's experience helps him recognize and capture value at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and business. His extensive licensing experience places him in the elite of IP transaction lawyers. He serves clients from both the firm's Boston and New York offices.

Client testimonial:
"Ed is one of the smartest, hardest-working and finest people I have ever known."
Client testimonial:
"Ed has been our equalizer."  
Client testimonial:
"Ed grasps the workings of complex technologies, unravels knotty contract language, and communicates straightforward solutions in a positive manner, enhancing relationships in intricate, deadline-driven deals."
Client testimonial:
"Ed’s counsel has been invaluable in turning technologies with scientific promise into a portfolio of intellectual property at the center of deals recognized at industry gatherings and in business media coverage."
  • Built pharmaceutical and biotech portfolios on which billions of funding is based.
  • Lead counsel for scores of pharmaceutical and biotech transactions.
  • Author of numerous university template license agreements.
  • Lead counsel resolving scores of disputes. 
  • Lead counsel in marathon 30-hour bankruptcy auction resulting in revival of debtor.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Recognized as a leader in Intellectual Property Law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA
  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Named to the Top 100 Lawyers, Massachusetts and New England - Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Repeatedly named to Managing IP’s IP Stars list as a Massachusetts Patent Star and Massachusetts Transactions Star
  • Repeatedly named a "Life Science Star" by LMG Life Sciences
  • Repeatedly recommended by the IAM Patent 1000
  • Recognized among "The World’s Leading Technology Licensing Lawyers" by IAM Licensing 250
  • AV Preeminent - Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Technology - American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
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Ed Gates serves as President and Managing Partner of Wolf Greenfield.

The firm and its clients have benefited from Ed’s service over the years as its Chairman for 15 years, President and Managing Partner from 2000-2005 and again beginning in 2021, a member of its strategic planning committee over a 20-year span, and as the founder of its biotechnology and pharmaceutical groups.

Ed has practiced for over 35 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical arts. Clients describe Ed as “strategic,” “effective” and “persuasive.” He is perennially recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, among many others.

Ed represents clients through all strata, from startups to fortune 500 companies as well as some of the most prestigious universities and research institutions in the world. He has helped clients from inception through successful public offerings and exits and has co-founded several biotechnology companies.

Ed’s practice has focused in recent years on post-grant proceedings, though his experience spans licensing, patent portfolio development, counseling and litigation. Ed's experience helps him recognize and capture value at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and business. His extensive licensing experience places him in the elite of IP transaction lawyers. He serves clients from both the firm's Boston and New York offices.

Client testimonial:
"Ed is one of the smartest, hardest-working and finest people I have ever known."
Client testimonial:
"Ed has been our equalizer."  
Client testimonial:
"Ed grasps the workings of complex technologies, unravels knotty contract language, and communicates straightforward solutions in a positive manner, enhancing relationships in intricate, deadline-driven deals."
Client testimonial:
"Ed’s counsel has been invaluable in turning technologies with scientific promise into a portfolio of intellectual property at the center of deals recognized at industry gatherings and in business media coverage."
  • Built pharmaceutical and biotech portfolios on which billions of funding is based.
  • Lead counsel for scores of pharmaceutical and biotech transactions.
  • Author of numerous university template license agreements.
  • Lead counsel resolving scores of disputes. 
  • Lead counsel in marathon 30-hour bankruptcy auction resulting in revival of debtor.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Recognized as a leader in Intellectual Property Law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA
  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Named to the Top 100 Lawyers, Massachusetts and New England - Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Repeatedly named to Managing IP’s IP Stars list as a Massachusetts Patent Star and Massachusetts Transactions Star
  • Repeatedly named a "Life Science Star" by LMG Life Sciences
  • Repeatedly recommended by the IAM Patent 1000
  • Recognized among "The World’s Leading Technology Licensing Lawyers" by IAM Licensing 250
  • AV Preeminent - Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Technology - American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell