Ed Harlan, PhD

Ed Harlan

Ed Harlan, PhD

Patent Agent

Ed has played an instrumental role at Elmore Patent Law Group since he joined the firm when it was first founded in 2008. Since then, his work has resulted in over 300 issued U.S. and foreign patent applications around the world, with a focus in the Mideast, Latin America and southeast Asia.

Prior to his position with EPLG, Ed was Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Stryker Biotech LLC. He previously held the same title at Praecis Pharmaceuticals Inc and was a patent agent and technology specialist at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC. He also served as an assistant professor of chemistry at Tufts University and was a visiting assistant professor of chemistry and Dreyfus Foundation Fellow at the College of William and Mary.


Ed’s experience both within a company and as counsel outside the organization provides first-hand knowledge of the challenges that clients confront and has helped make him a trusted partner to develop solutions. His extensive experience includes developing global patent application and prosecution strategies, evaluating potential technology acquisitions, and negotiating IP-related agreements, including research, technology evaluation, technology purchase and technology license agreements. He counsels a broad range of clients in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, energy, materials and medical device industries.


  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.A. Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • B.S. Chemistry magna cum laude, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (1997)

Outside the Office

Ed hails from the deep South but has been a New Englander for decades. He enjoys hiking, biking and playing the trombone, although his wife makes him play it in the attic.