Dr. John Wetherell JD PhDPartner, Pillsbury
Dr. Wetherell 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.
Enforcement of Patents
The last workshop in the IP Series, this is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get a thorough overview of patent law —providing a basic understanding of the various factors that should be considered in enforcing your patent.
This program is designed to give you a basic understanding of establishing a sound intellectual property portfolio and strategy, 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.