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.

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

Other Interests

Music, aviation, mountaineering, skiing, cooking and rock climbing.

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