Campbell Law School

Dr. Edward R. Ergenzinger

Dr. Edward R. Ergenzinger has over fifteen years of experience providing intellectual property services. He has worked with a variety of corporate and university clients, from small start-ups to the biotechnology division of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. He also has in-house experience, having served as Director of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Dr. Ergenzinger's practice includes creating and managing global patent portfolios, including the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, strategic planning, due diligence, and preparation of patent-related opinions. He has substantial experience providing counseling and support for the drafting and negotiation of intellectual property related contracts. He has also counseled non-profit organizations, universities, and artists on trademark and copyright issues.

Currently, Dr. Ergenzinger serves as a Co-Chair of the Biotech and Chemical Patents Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.

He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite list for Intellectual Property. According to the publication, fewer than 3% of North Carolina's attorneys made the most recent list.

Dr. Ergenzinger has served as an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. He has also lectured on a variety of legal and scientific topics for programs sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Southeast BIO, Duke University School of Law, Vanderbilt University, the University of California at San Francisco, and Stanford University.

He is lead author or co-author on over forty scientific and legal publications, including Legal Times, The Scientist, Stanford Technology Law Review, BNA's Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience.


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2002)

ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Wake Forest University Intellectual Property Law Journal

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1999)
  • B.A., Biology & Psychology, Wake Forest University (1994)