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D. Benjamin Borson, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Founder of Borson Law Group, PC

Date:   Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Time:   6:00 - 9:00 PM

The Clarion Hotel
401 East Millbrae Avenue
Millbrae, CA


Sponsor:   BioScience Forum
Event details:  


Recent changes in intellectual property law and USPTO policies and procedures require that technology based companies understand how the IP landscape is changing.  These changes challenge biotech and pharmaceutical companies to develop new strategies for procuring, exploiting and defending intellectual assets.  The Courts have issued recent rulings of patent invalidity for a number of high-profile pharmaceuticals.  The USPTO has promulgated new rules that will make it more difficult and expensive for applicants to protect their inventions.  The House of Representatives has passed, and the Senate is considering, sweeping changes to the patent statute.  Trade secrets can be lost due to inadvertent disclosure to reverse engineering of products by others.      

Developing coherent strategies for protecting intellectual assets are, however, still important for companies that rely upon innovation to raise capital, grow, and establish themselves in their markets.  This presentation will focus on how biotech and pharma companies can continue to grow in the face of challenges brought on by the new and proposed changes to the law of intellectual property.  


Dr. Ben Borson is founder of the Borson Law Group, PC, an intellectual property law firm located in Concord, California.  He has focused on developing domestic and international patent and trademark strategies for numerous small and mid-sized companies in the Life Sciences.  He has procured patent protection in the fields of genetics, proteins, peptides, small molecules, diagnostic instrumentation, medical devices, superconductivity, information technology and nanotechnology.  He advises clients about patentability, infringement, scientific methodology and legal strategies.   Ben has published numerous articles in legal journals and has lectured widely in the fields of domestic and international intellectual property law and how IP law can be used to grow life science companies.      

Prior to becoming an attorney, Dr. Borson held a faculty position at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Physiology and the Cardiovascular Research Institute.   He carried out basic biological research on roles of the autonomic nervous system in regulating physiological phenomena.  He was a Visiting Scientist at Genentech, Inc. for two years, working on mutant proteases and their expression. Ben is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.  He earned his M.A. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, a Ph.D. in Physiology from UCSF and a from the University of San Francisco School of Law.




Sliding Scale, $25-55. Onsite registration add $25.

Parking is $4.

Additional information and/or registration:   Register online before 11/12/07 at 11pm.

For additional Information visit the BioScience Forum website

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