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Edward M. Roney, IV

Managing Partner, Raleigh Office

Overview

Ed has a broad array of intellectual property legal experience, including patent and trademark preparation, prosecution, portfolio counseling, clearance, and enforcement; litigation and post-grant proceedings; and licensing agreements and technology transactions. He represents companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies. Having founded and successfully sold an innovative telecommunications company and patented several inventions himself, Ed brings a unique perspective to his IP practice. 

Experience

Ed’s patent experience spans all aspects of telecommunications, from physical layer signal processing and RF circuitry to higher-layer software protocols, networking, and information security, and includes a deep understanding of 4G and 5G telecommunication standards. His experience also encompasses a wide variety of technologies including aerospace and defense, artificial intelligence, neural networks, and machine learning, blockchain, clean energy, cloud computing, consumer products, eCommerce, energy generation, information technology and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing processes, medical and drug delivery devices, MEMS technologies, robotics, semiconductors, tires, transportation, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, virtual reality, and water treatment systems.

He works closely with clients to build standard-essential patent portfolios designed to withstand scrutiny in due diligence and litigation. Ed also provides analysis on patent validity and infringement issues, assists with patent and trademark clearance matters, conducts IP due diligence for transactions, and drafts inbound and outbound technology and software licenses.

Additionally, Ed represents clients in intellectual property disputes and litigation, including post grant review (PGR) and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has also successfully represented clients in litigation related to unfair competition practices.

Ed regularly writes and presents on patent law and telecommunications technology issues. He is the current managing editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Issues in Intellectual Property Law publication. Ed has also represented numerous companies on various U.S. and international industry technical standards groups, including 3GPP, 3GPP2, ANSI, ETSI, and TIA/EIA.

Start-up Company and Inventorship

Prior to practicing law, Ed founded PrairieComm, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company providing baseband chips and software to leading cellular handset manufacturers. PrairieComm was recognized by Inc. magazine in 2000 as one of the top 25 fastest growing companies in the U.S. In 2001 Ed was named by The Wall Street Journal to its ‘Unstrung 25’ list for his leadership in the wireless communications industry.

He is a named inventor on several U.S. patents including the following:

  • Method for eliminating acoustic echo in a communication device (US 5,222,251)
  • Speech decoding in a zero BER environment (US 5,402,447)
  • Bit error rate estimation (US 5,406,562)
  • Automatic gain control of transponded supervisory audio tone (US 5,410,741)
  • Decoder selection (US 5,453,997)

Honors & Recognitions

  • Unstrung 25, The Wall Street Journal, 2001
  • Inc. 500, Inc. magazine, 2000 (PrairieComm, Inc.)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Managing Editor, Antitrust Issues in Intellectual Property Law, American Bar Association

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