Frameworks Workshops


  • Dr. John Wetherell JD PhD
    Dr. John Wetherell JD PhD
    Partner, 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.



12255 El Camino Real Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130

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Feb 12 2020


8:30 am - 11:30 am

Business Aspects of Patents

Intellectual property plays a seminal role in the success of many companies. While adequately protecting innovation is a major economic driver, as with any valuable asset, if it is not properly managed its full potential will not be realized and the company will fail. This program will focus on the role key business factors play in capturing, managing, and exploiting the intellectual property of the company.


  • 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


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.

Presented and Hosted by Pillsbury

Registration closes at noon on Feb 11