Ed Gates currently serves as Chairman of Wolf Greenfield and has practiced for more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical arts. His practice spans licensing, patent portfolio development, counseling, post-grant practice, interferences and dispute resolution. Ed began his career in litigation and uses this background for value-added client counseling. He serves clients from both the firm's Boston and New York offices.

Clients describe Ed as “strategic”, “effective” and “persuasive”.  Ed's experience helps him recognize and capture value at the intersection of technology, IP and business. Ed frequently acts as a dealmaker, matchmaker and problem solver for clients in matters involving IP. His extensive experience as primary negotiator and/or lead counsel in scores of licensing transactions places him in the elite of IP transaction lawyers. Ed serves small and large businesses, as well as non-profits.   

Known nationally for his understanding of university policy with respect to IP, Ed is effective on either side of the table in structuring technology deals arising out of academic and hospital research institutions.

Ed was formerly the firm’s President and Managing Partner and has co-founded three biotechnology companies.

Client testimonial:
"Ed has really helped me better understand my position. I came to this role pretty inexperienced. He’s taught me a lot."
  • 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
  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Named to the Top 100 Lawyers, Massachusetts and New England - Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Recognized as a leader in Intellectual Property Law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA
  • The World’s Leading Technology Licensing Lawyers - IAM Licensing 250
  • Repeatedly recommended by the IAM Patent 1000
  • AV Preeminent - Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Technology - American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in America©
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Ed Gates currently serves as Chairman of Wolf Greenfield and has practiced for more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical arts. His practice spans licensing, patent portfolio development, counseling, post-grant practice, interferences and dispute resolution. Ed began his career in litigation and uses this background for value-added client counseling. He serves clients from both the firm's Boston and New York offices.

Clients describe Ed as “strategic”, “effective” and “persuasive”.  Ed's experience helps him recognize and capture value at the intersection of technology, IP and business. Ed frequently acts as a dealmaker, matchmaker and problem solver for clients in matters involving IP. His extensive experience as primary negotiator and/or lead counsel in scores of licensing transactions places him in the elite of IP transaction lawyers. Ed serves small and large businesses, as well as non-profits.   

Known nationally for his understanding of university policy with respect to IP, Ed is effective on either side of the table in structuring technology deals arising out of academic and hospital research institutions.

Ed was formerly the firm’s President and Managing Partner and has co-founded three biotechnology companies.

Client testimonial:
"Ed has really helped me better understand my position. I came to this role pretty inexperienced. He’s taught me a lot."
  • 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
  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Named to the Top 100 Lawyers, Massachusetts and New England - Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Recognized as a leader in Intellectual Property Law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA
  • The World’s Leading Technology Licensing Lawyers - IAM Licensing 250
  • Repeatedly recommended by the IAM Patent 1000
  • AV Preeminent - Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Technology - American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in America©