As both a sword and a shield, strong, commercially meaningful patent protection is a cornerstone to the survival of innovator companies. Although not always a preferred approach, every company must face the possibility that one day it will have to use the force of its patent portfolio against competitors. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of the various factors that should be considered in enforcing your patent.
This workshop is reserved 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.