D. Benjamin Borson, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Borson was and is primary Intellectual Property Counsel for numerous start-up, small, and mid-sized companies in the chemistry, life sciences and advanced materials industries, bioinformatics and information technology both for United States based and foreign companies. He provides legal, scientific, business and technical advice to help companies build and exploit business relationships and intellectual assets through developing IP and technology strategies, drafting and prosecution of patents, preparation of legal opinions and licensing. Current and past clients include those in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advanced material, information technology, superconductor, medical device, instrumentation and semiconductor industries.
Dr. Borson has extensive experience as a research scientist in University and Corporate settings, and served on Editorial Boards of major peer review publications and grant review committees. Previous to entering law, Dr. Borson held a faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco, where he carried out a program in basic biomedical research. He authored over 70 primary research articles, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts and presented his research findings at numerous national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Borson recently founded the Borson Law Group, PC, where he and his Associates carry out a diverse intellectual property practice. Previously, Dr. Borson was Of Counsel with the firm of Fliesler Meyer LLP, a law firm specializing in Intellectual Property Law. He is a frequent author in IP law, with over a dozen publications in legal journals and has presented over 30 lectures in legal matters to industry, academic organizations and legal organizations.
Dr. Borson is licensed to practice law in the State of California, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
2006- Founder and President, Borson Law Group, PC.
Develop comprehensive strategies for developing, protecting and exploiting intellectual assets. Advise clients on patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Advise clients on exploitation of IP assets, including technology and IP licensing and negotiation of agreements. Advise clients on IP enforcement, including patentability, validity, non-infringement and infringement opinions.
1997-2006 Fliesler Meyer LLP. Intellectual Property Law
1995-1996 Law Offices of Leona Lauder. Biotechnology patent prosecution
1995-1996 Law Offices of Philip Dalton. Mechanical device patent prosecution.
1993 Flehr, Hohbach, Albritton, Test and Herbert: Summer Associate
1990-1992 Visiting Scientist, Genentech, Inc. Original research in biotechnology, enzymology and cell biology.
1986-1992 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco.
1986-1992 Research Physiologist Cardiovascular Research Institute: Original research in biomedical physiology and pathophysiology.
1983-1986 Post-Doctoral Fellow: University of California, San Francisco. Neurohumoral regulation.
1973-1976 Laboratory Technician, Pulmonary Function: University of California, San Francisco.
1969-1977 Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Instrument and Ground Instructor ratings.
1969-1977 Commercial pilot: Airplane, Instrument and Multiengine ratings.
J.D. 1995 University of San Francisco School of Law.
Ph.D. 1982 Physiology: University of California, San Francisco.
M.A. 1973 Biology, University of California, Riverside.
B.A. 1969 Biology: San Francisco State College (Now California State University, San Francisco)
Honors and Awards
Research Grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Parker B. Francis Foundation, University of California, United States Public Health Service Post-Doctoral and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. Grants funded his research program in biomedical physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and pathophysiology.
Editorial Board: American Journal of Physiology
Reviewer: Journal of Clinical Research and other peer-review journals.
Special Grant Review Committee: National Institutes of Health
Inventor, U.S. Patents 5,262,178 and 5,403,585
Biography in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Technology, Who’s Who in American Attorneys, Who’s Who in the West.
Volunteer Boards and Professional Organizations
Board of Governor’s Task Force on Sections: State Bar of California
Co-Chair, Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of California
Executive Committee Intellectual Property Law Section: State Bar of California
Member, IP Section and International Law Section, State Bar of California
Member, Patent Standing Committee and Chair, Legislation Committee of the IP Section.
Founder and President, BioScience Forum, an educational forum for professionals in the Life Science Industries
Chair, Northern California Pharmaceutical Discussion Group
Board of Directors, Balboa Terrace Homeowner’s Association.
American Lung Association
Federated Association of Societies for Experimental Biology
American Physiological Society
American Association of Cell Biologists
Music, aviation, mountaineering, skiing, cooking and rock climbing.
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