Ed is an attorney with the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Atlanta and Chicago offices of Troutman Sanders LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property law and corporate law. His intellectual property practice is centered on computer, electronics, software and semiconductor technologies in the areas of counseling, patent preparation and prosecution, patent licensing, patent litigation, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation, patent portfolio management, reexaminations, and patent validity and infringement analyses opinions. His corporate practice is focused on emerging growth, high-tech companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, and private equity transactions. He has served as counsel to private companies and private investors in negotiation and documentation of acquisition, sale, financing, joint venture and restructuring transactions.
Ed is a former technology executive with extensive experience developing, marketing, selling, licensing, and standardizing technologies. From the mid '80s to early '90s, he was responsible for developing and commercializing Motorola's first digital cellular handsets. He left Motorola in 1994 and founded PrairieComm, Inc. as a fabless semiconductor manufacturer, providing highly integrated chipsets, software, and licensed intellectual property to leading consumer electronics companies serving the telecommunications industry, including Motorola, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Siemens and others.
Ed has negotiated and drafted many technology licenses and has represented consumer electronics companies such as Research In Motion, Motorola, Samsung, Google, Freescale and others with the patenting of their technology, including assisting them with the integration of their patents into various U.S. and international industry technical standards. In addition, he has received multiple patents in the telecommunications area and has received several awards for his leadership in industry.
Ed has litigated and supported the litigation of various cases, including:
· Nautilus Medical, Inc. in Sorna v. Nautilus Medical, No. 2011-cv-01953 (D. Minn. 2012).
· Drafted briefs and motions for various patent and trade secret litigations, including for Integrated Technology Corp. v. Rudolph Technologies, Inc., No. 2006-cv-02182 (D. Ariz. filed 2006).
· Miyano Machinery USA Inc. v. MiyanoHitec Machinery, Inc., No. 08-cv-526 (N.D. Ill. 2009), and Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. v. M-I LLC, 514 F.3d 1244 (Fed. Cir. 2008)
· Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. v. WI-Tronix, LLC, No. 2005-cv-05837 (N.D. Ill. 2006).
Ed received multiple patents, including:
· Method for eliminating acoustic echo in a communication device, US 5,222,251, FR 2,690,581.
· Speech decoding in a zero BER environment, US 5,402,447, CA 2,116,908.
· Bit error rate estimation, US 5,406,562, CA 2,116,735.
· Automatic gain control of transponded supervisory audio tone, US 5,410,741, CA 2,118,553.
· Decoder selection, US 5,453,997.
Ed has litigated, counseled, and/or prepared and prosecuted patent applications in many technology areas, including:
Ad Hoc Networks
Advanced R&D Topics
Analog & Digital Circuit Designs
Audio Signal Processing & Vocoders
Consumer Electronics & Goods
Cryptography & Network Security
Electrical Connectors & Assemblies
LTE & LTE-A Protocol Stacks & Physical Layers
MIMO Receivers & Transmitters
Medical Electronics & Information Systems
Patch & PIFA Antennas
Physical Layer Algorithms & Architectures
Radar, Sonar & Inertial Navigation Receiver & Transmitter Designs
RF Circuit Designs
RF Control Algorithms
Smart Antennas & Beamforming Antennas
User/Control Plane Procedures & Architectures
User Interface Software
Representative Licensing Activities
Ed has negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for various technologies, including:
Digital Signal Processors
Software Development Kits (SDK)
Standards Bodies Activities
Ed has represented numerous companies including Motorola, Samsung, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic on various U.S. and international industry technical standards groups such as 3GPP, 3GPP2, ANSI, ETSI, and TIA/EIA.
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Ed has presented on various intellectual property issues impacting industry, as well as appeared on various telecommunications industry panels, including:
Moderator, IP and Antitrust Issues in the Collaborative Standard Setting, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) & DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Ill., Apr. 2012.
Moderator, The Evolving IP Marketplace: Issues for Patent, Competition, and Innovation Policy, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) & DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Ill., Apr. 2011.
Panelist, EDGE Deployment Panel (sponsored by AT&T Wireless), Cellular Telecommunications Industry Ass'n, New Orleans, La., 2000.
Panelist, 3GPP/UMTS Feasibility Panel (sponsored by Vodafone), 3GSM World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 2001.
Panelist, 3GPP/UMTS Interoperability Testing Panel (sponsored by Nortel), Cellular Telecomm. Ind. Ass'n, Orlando, Fla., 2002.
Ed is a contributing author on various telecommunications technical standards, including:
EIA TIA/IS-95-A, Mobile Station-Base Station Compatibility Standard for Dual-Mode Wideband Spread Spectrum Cellular System
EIA TIA/IS-127, Enhanced Variable Rate Codec, Speech Service Option 3 for Wideband Spread Spectrum Digital Systems
EIA TIA/IS-136.1, TDMA Cellular/PCS-Radio Interface-Mobile Station-Base Station Compatibility Digital Control Channel Addendum
EIA TIA/IS-137, TDMA Cellular/PCS - Radio Interface - Minimum Performance Standard for Mobile Stations
EIA TIA/IS-641, TDMA Cellular/PCS - Radio Interface - Enhanced
Ed has received professional honors for his leadership in industry, including:
Honored in 2000 for PrairieComm being named one the fastest growing companies in the U.S. and the fastest growing telecommunications company by Inc. magazine by achieving the 25th position on the Inc. 500.
Honored in 2001 for being named by the Wall Street Journal to the Unstrung 25 for his leadership and contribution to wireless communications.
· Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Vice Chairman, IP & Antitrust Committee
· American Bar Association (ABA), Member, Patent Litigation Committee, Member, Patent Inter Partes Proceedings Committee
· Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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