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Edward G. Black

Edward G. Black

Ropes and Gray LLP

Boston, MA, USA

Ed Black is head of Ropes & Gray's intellectual property transactions group. He is a corporate and intellectual property attorney who represents companies operating in the fields of technology, media, telecom, investment management, and consumer branded products in both the management of strategic intangible assets, and transactions related to strategic intangible assets.  These transactions include mergers, acquisitions, asset transactions, joint ventures and alliances, collaborations, licensing and other arrangements.   Ed's clients include hedge funds, technology companies, branded product companies, health care management organizations, financial services companies, media organizations and private equity investors. Ed remains active with many trade and professional associations where he is a frequent speaker on intellectual property, media, technology, and the operation of businesses utilizing intangible assets and proprietary rights.

Honors & Awards

  • Intellectual Asset Management – A Guide to the World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2013-2014)
  • Managing IP – “IP Star” (2013-2014)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-2014)
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2014)
  • Legal 500 (2013-2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2013)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Past Co-chair, Intellectual Property Committee of Boston Bar Association

Published Work

  • Quoted, “5 Firms Stand Out For Nonlitigation IP Work, Survey Says,” Law360 (July 6, 2014)
  • James M. Wilton, Edward Black, Patrick Diaz and Stephen Moeller-Sally, "Tackling Rights Of Trademark Licensees In Bankruptcy," Law360 (September 20, 2012)

Recent Presentations & Speeches

  • IP Finance Conference, New York, May 8, 2014: “Patents in Asset Backed Finance"


  • JD, 1989, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • BA, with Honors, 1986, Brown University

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1997
  • California, 1990


Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


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