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John R. Wetherell, Ph.D.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

San Diego, CA, USA

John R. Wetherell is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Dr. Wetherell has over twenty 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 Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Dr. Wetherell is Head of Intellectual Property in the San Diego Office, Head of Intellectual Property for the National Life Science Practice Group, Chair of the Stem Cell Outlook and Planning Effort (SCOPE), and co-chair of the National Nanotechnology Practice Group.

Dr. Wetherell received a B.S. degree in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology/Immunology, both from the University of Florida, and a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He conducted post-doctoral research, including studies on the humoral and cellular immune responses in periodontal disease, at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, where he concurrently held an NIH post-doctoral fellowship and a Young Principal Investigator’s award. Before becoming an attorney, he gained extensive experience as a research scientist and manager during his five-year tenure in the biotechnology industry.

Dr. Wetherell has written and lectured extensively in biotechnology patent law, strategy, and related transactional issues. He has written and lectured extensively for many organizations and institutions. In addition, he has lectured to a variety of groups around the world on topics related to patent law.


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