Frameworks Workshop IP Track: Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP 2019

......... October 10th 2019
Presented by John Wetherell, J.D., PhD., Partner at Pillsbury


Intellectual property rights are often key to the foundation, growth and ultimate survival of a company. For technology and bio-science companies, the ability to raise funding is dependent on establishing a sound intellectual property portfolio and strategy. This program will give you a basic understanding of IP with emphasis on innovation protection using the patent system and trade secrets. It will also cover the legal requirements and basic process for obtaining a patent and the effect of recent major changes to the U.S. patent system. This Fall, Connect w/ SDVG presents one of our most popular annual Frameworks Workshop series on intellectual property, sponsored by law offices of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman.


  • The role of intellectual property in the deal 
  • Business transactions where patents are a significant factor
  • Issues of importance to potential investors
  • Key licensing provisions to consider when exploiting the patent portfolio


Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP: Thursday, October 10, 2019

A basic understanding of IP with emphasis on innovation protection using the patent system and trade secrets.

Establishing an Effective Bio-Science IP Portfolio: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Covers basic elements involved in developing a commercially meaningful intellectual property portfolio for a bioscience company.

Business Aspects of Patents: Thursday, February 12, 2020

Focuses on the role of key business factors play in capturing, managing, and exploiting the intellectual property of the company.

Enforcement of Patents: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Provides you with a basic understanding of the various factors that should be considered in enforcing your patent.

REGISTER for the entire series here


This workshop is best for Founders, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Researchers, VCs, Business Development Professionals, and Scientists, ONLY. Please, no competing law firms or private competitors.


8:00am - 8:30am: Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30am - 11:30am: Program
11:30am - 12:00 pm: Lunch (optional)


John Wetherell, J.D., PhD. has over 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law. His counseling experience includes intellectual property acquisition, transactional due diligence, patent infringement and validity analyses, freedom-to-operate opinions, as well as licensing and strategic counseling. Dr. Wetherell’s patent prosecution experience includes obtaining U.S. and foreign protection in biotechnology areas such as molecular biology, immunology, nanotechnology, medical diagnostics, microbiology and pharmacology. He also evaluates intellectual property portfolios for both companies and investors. At Pillsbury, Dr. Wetherell is the partner in charge of the Intellectual Property practice group in the San Diego office, co-leader of the National Life Science industry group, leader of the Stem Cell Outlook and Planning Effort (SCOPE), and a member of the Clean Technology Group.


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