Intellectual Property Protection and Strategy for the New Venture-George Willman, MBA, JD and Nina Borders, JD-02/02/2016 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Intellectual Property Protection and Strategy for the New Venture
Event Date: 
02/02/2016 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
George Willman, MBA, JD and Nina Borders, JD
Event Speaker Title: 
Partner and Associate
Event Speaker Company: 
ReedSmith LLP
Event Speaker Bio: 

George Willman practices in the areas of technology transactions, patents, and intellectual property counseling. Representative transactions include licensing, development, service, distribution, manufacturing, electronic commerce, FinTech and corporate partnering agreements. He counsels on intellectual property issues raised by merger and acquisition transactions and initial public offerings. George is a registered patent attorney.
Prior to his legal career, George worked as a software and telecommunications engineer for ROLM, IBM, and Siemens in Silicon Valley and Munich, Germany.
George serves as a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to English, he speaks German and holds a Certificat de Français Scientifique et Technique.

Nina Borders is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, focusing on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. Nina has represented clients in a wide range of patent, trademark, and trade secret matters in food, chemical, pharmaceutical, biochemical, and mechanical technologies. Nina has significant experience with trademark registration and counseling. She also has experience with reexamination proceedings before the Patent Office and oversees domestic and international trademark and patent portfolios for clients in a variety of industries. Nina is a registered patent attorney, and has a broad technical background, with nearly 10 years of experience in the food and pharmaceutical industries prior to beginning her legal career with Reed Smith.

Event Details
Event Details: 

Life science ventures view intellectual property rights as competitive advantages and key assets. What are intellectual property rights, and how do they provide an advantage to the new venture? What is a patent, a copyright, a trademark? What intellectual property strategies should a new venture employ? How does the new venture handle intellectual property upon founding and during growth to build a strong portfolio? Attend this session to gain a valuable understanding of how these most important legal concepts are applied in the business context, and how you may avoid many of the common intellectual property pitfalls that trouble new ventures.