Edwin A. Getz

edwin.getz dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1470 (312) 569-1470


Edwin A. Getz has been a trusted advisor to companies around the world on their most essential intellectual property and information technology matters for 35 years. Ed’s practice spans a variety of global industries, including health care, consumer products, electronics, entertainment, financial services, aviation and transportation. His clients rely on him to manage portfolios of their intellectual property rights, but also to act as a key strategist on competitor disputes and litigation, innovation capture, and deals focused on leading edge technology.

In recent years Ed’s focus on sophisticated technology transactions and joint ventures has led to significant representations in connection with the development, acquisition, and licensing of business-critical information technology assets, software and databases, and the online distribution and sourcing of products and services. He counsels clients with respect to all aspects of information technology and website issues, including software and content licenses and distribution agreements, privacy and data security, website development agreements, network services and hosting agreements, system and infrastructure implementation agreements and a broad range of outsourcing arrangements.

Prior to law school, Ed obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and worked in the healthcare industry. In the decades to follow, Ed has worked with hospital systems, academic medical centers, and medical practices, on the intersection of technology innovation, intellectual property, computer software, and patient care.

Ed was born in South Africa, and has long incorporated a global component to his practice. In addition to advising U.S. companies on entering the South African market and joint ventures in South Africa, Ed has also worked extensively with companies in Japan and Europe, including managing significant litigation on their behalf.


Best Lawyers®, Trademark Law (2020)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Washington University, J.D., 1985
  • Northwestern University, M.B.A., 1982
  • Carleton College, B.A., 1977

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • American Constitution Society, Board of Advisors
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Board of Directors
  • The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • The International Trademark Association
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Computer Law Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association