Intellectual Property Series

Workshops for Founders, Executives, & Advisors of Early Stage Companies

Presented by Pillsbury

The 2019-2020 Frameworks IP Series will provide entrepreneurs a comprehensive and relevant overview
of patent law from expert Dr. John Wetherall of Pillsbury.

Business Aspects of Patents

Thursday February 12, 2020
8:00 am – 11:30 am

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
8:00 am – 11:30 am

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

— Past Workshops —

Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP

Thursday October 10, 2019
8:00 am – 11:30 am

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
8:00 am – 11:30 am

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


This program will 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.

Meet the Presenter


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.

All workshops in this series will be hosted at Pillsbury.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
12255 El Camino Real
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130

Each session includes breakfast and optional lunch for networking.