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Curriculum Vitae

Edward Robert Ergenzinger Jr., J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ed Ergenzinger is a patent attorney, PhD neuroscientist, adjunct professor, writer, and mental health advocate in Raleigh, NC. 

Dr. Ergenzinger has practiced patent law for over 20 years, serving clients ranging from solo inventors and start-up companies to world-class research universities and Fortune 500 companies. He has worked at two AmLaw 100 firms, an AmLaw 200 firm, a large regional general practice firm, boutique IP firms, and solo practices. Dr. Ergenzinger has also worked in-house for an academic research institute and a start-up company. 

See Case Results for examples of how Dr. Ergenzinger has helped clients protect and commercialize their innovations, from independent inventors, to start-ups like Lexaria BioscienceAdvanced Liquid Logic/Illumina, and Dynogen Pharmaceuticals, to multinational corporations like Wyeth Vaccines, and Syngenta Biotechnology

Other clients have included: Becton Dickinson, LabCorp, Counsyl, Genia Technologies, Redbud Labs, Avioq, Cotton Incorporated, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, NC State University, Wake Forest University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Emory University.


Ergenzinger Intellectual Property Law, Raleigh, NC. 

Founder and Principal (2009-2010, 2021–Present).

Freelance Writer, Raleigh, NC. 

Self-Employed (2021–Present).

Lexaria Bioscience Corp., Kelowna, BC. 
Chief Legal Officer and Senior VP of Innovation (2018–2020).

FisherBroyles, LLP, Raleigh, NC. 
Partner (2016–2020).

Olive Law Group, PLLC, Cary, NC. 
Counsel and Life Sciences Patent Attorney (2014–2016).

Ward and Smith, PA, Raleigh, NC. 
Counsel and Life Sciences Practice Group Leader (2012–2014).

Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Durham, NC. 
Director of Intellectual Property & Legal Affairs (2010–2012).

Alston & Bird LLP, Raleigh, NC. 
Associate (2002–2009), Summer Associate (2001).

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC (Now Womble Bond Dickinson), Winston-Salem, NC. 
Summer Associate (2001).

Rhodes & Mason PLLC (Now MacCord Mason PLLC), Greensboro, NC. 
Patent Agent/Law Clerk (1999–2001).

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (1999), Research Assistant (1994).


Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC. 

Juris Doctor (1999–2002).

Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC. 
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (1994–1999).

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. 
Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology, cum laude with honors (1990–1994).


Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements and Teaching

  • Invited speaker on a variety of legal and scientific topics for programs sponsored by the NC Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Southeast BIO, Duke University School of Law, Vanderbilt University, University of California at San Francisco, Wake Forest University, Yale University, and Stanford University.

  • Experience teaching within undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law school curricula, from medical neuroanatomy to patent prosecution.

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law (2005, 2018, 2022-Present).

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Campbell University School of Law (2016, 2018). 

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, UNC School of Law (2016).

Selected Board and Committee Service

  • NC Bar Association: Co-Chair of the Biotech/Chemical Patent Committee (2014–2018).

  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO): Member of BIO's IP Counsel's Committee (2003–2009); chair of panels on patent legislation for BIO conventions (2003–2007), including members of the intellectual property subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Southeast BIO: Member of the Board of Directors (2006–2009).

Selected Honors

  • Distinguished Guest and Speaker, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Hooding and Awards Ceremony (2015).

  • Business North Carolina's “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property (2015).

  • Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal (now the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law), Co-Founder (2000-2001) and Editor in Chief (2001).

  • ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law (2002).

  • CALI Awards for Excellence in the Study of: Education Law (2001), Health Law (2000), Patent Law (2000), and Legal Research & Writing (2000).

  • National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellowship (1997–1999).

  • Sigma Xi/National Science Foundation Grant-in-Aid of Research (1997).

  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (1993–1994).

  • Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society (1993–1994).

  • Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Music (1990–1994).


  • United States Patent & Trademark Office (Since 2001; Reg. No. 47,549).

  • North Carolina Bar (Since 2002; Bar No. 28,513).

  • United States Supreme Court (Since 2019).

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