PeopleApril M. Wurster
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  • University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco (J.D., 2003)
    • Intellectual Property Organization
  • University of California, San Diego (M.S., Molecular Biology, 2000)
  • University of California, San Diego (B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 1999)

  • Biocom California
    • Cell and Gene Therapy Committee, Member
    • Medical Device & Diagnostics Committee, Member
  • Athena, Women in STEM 
    • FEW, Member
  • Women in Bio
  • SunLaw
  • Wallace Inns of Court, Founding Member (2004)
  • Business Law & Intellectual Property in High Technology for California State University San Marcos, the Master of Biotechnology Program for the Department of Biology, Lecturer

  • "Opinion: Think Beyond the Utility Patent to Protect Your Portfolio," Co-Author, BioSpace (February 7, 2024)
  • "Agreements Can Help Protect IP and Ensure Company Ownership of Employee Inventions," Co-Author, Corporate Compliance Insights (February 5, 2024)
  • "Negotiating Term Sheets with Academic Institutions," Co-Author, Reuters Legal News (January 11, 2024)
  • “Fireside Chat with San Diego In-House Counsel,” Panelist, Intellectual Property Section of the San Diego County Bar Association (October 24, 2023)
  • "Be Proactive, Not Reactive: Recognizing Patentable Inventions for Academic Researchers," Co-Author, IPWatchdog (September 14, 2023)
  • “Tips and Tricks to Identify Patentable Inventions For Non-IP Personnel” Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Virtual CLE Series (June 20, 2023)
  • "How CDMOs Can Leverage Contract Terms to Facilitate Payment," Co-Author, Contract Pharma (May 31, 2023)
  • "Practical Suggestions for Identifying Intellectual Property (IP)," Episode Host, CalCurrent Podcast (March 9, 2023)
  • "Tips and Tricks for Scientists and Engineers to Identify Patentable Inventions," Co-Author, R&D World (February 2, 2023)
  • "Intellectual Property Considerations in CDMO Agreements," Co-Author, Contract Pharma (October 31, 2022)
  • "Tips for Filing Regenerative Medicine Patents," Co-Author, Cell & Gene (August 26, 2022)
  • “Legal and Business Considerations When Negotiating a Master Services Agreement,” Presenter, SBDC @ University of California, Irvine Beall Applied Innovation Incubator (February 8, 2022) 
  • Use of Research Tools May Expose Companies to Patent Infringement Claims," Co-Author, IPWatchdog (January 25, 2022)
  • Keeping Valuable IP When a Key Employee Jumps to a Competitor," Co-Author, Today's General Counsel (January 24, 2022)
  • "Steps a Company Can Take To Help Ensure Intellectual Property Does Not Leave With a Departing Employee," Episode Host, CalCurrent Podcast (November 11, 2021)
  • "IP Fall Institute: Hot Topics in Patent Case Law Review," Presenter, ABA IP West 2020 Conference (October 1, 2020)
  • "Lego Patent Challenge," Presenter, Association for Women in Science San Diego (AWIS-SD) Women in Science and Technology (WIST) 2019 Conference (October 19, 2019)
  • "Conversations with Life Science Leaders," Presenter, California State University, San Marcos (February 2019)
  • “Getting Your Staff to Use Trademarks Properly and Effectively,” Co-Author, International In-house Counsel Journal Vol. 6, No. 23 (Spring 2013)
  • "Retention Issues For Woman In IP," Presenter, American Intellectual Property Law Association Women in IP (February 2009)
  • "Trademark Issues: What SEMs Should Know," Presenter, Search Engine Strategies Conference and Expo (August 2008)
  • “Know Trademark Protocol for SEMs,” Co-Author, DM News (April 7, 2008)
  • “Willful Infringement Is A State of Mind,” Co-Author, Global Intellectual Property Asset Management Report (August 2006)
  • “Genetic Discrimination: Health Insurance For The Genetically Lucky And The Genetically Unlucky,” Co-Author, Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly (July 2004)
  • “Genetic Discrimination In Insurance Law: An Ethical Perspective,” Co-Author, Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4, 95-119 (2004)
  • "Current Issues In Biotech: 271(e)(l)," Presenter, Western School of Law (March 5, 2005) 
  • “Will The Federal Circuit Eliminate The Opinion Letter Requirement?” Co-Author, The Daily Transcript (May 4, 2004)
  • "Adverse Inferences in Willful Patent Infringement Cases – The Knorr-Bremse Issue," Presenter, Orange County Patent Law Association (March 27, 2004) 
  • "PGD – Does it 'Promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts?'" Presenter, Stanford Law School (February 27, 2004)
  • “Epidermal Stem Cell Frequency: A Novel In Vivo Functional Assay,” Co-Author, The American Society of Cell Biology (2003) 
  • “Measuring Stem Cell Frequency I Epidermis: A Quantitative In Vivo Functional Assay For Long-Term Repopulating Cells,” Co-Author, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 100(20):11412-7 (September 30, 2003)
  • “Stem Cell Frequency In Murine Epidermis: A Novel In Vivo Functional Assay For Epidermal Stem Cells,” Co-Author, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (September 2003)
  • “A Novel Functional In Vivo Epidermal Stem Cell Assay,” Co-Author, Journal of Investigative Dermatology (August 2002)
  • “Stem Cell Frequency In Murine Epidermis Is 1 in 26,000: A Novel In Vivo Functional Assay For Epidermal Stem Cells,” Co-Author, American Journal of Cell Biology (2002)

  • Solana Pacific Elementary, Room Mom (2019-2023)
  • Scout Master, Pack 734 (2019-2021)
  • Carmel Creek Elementary, Room Mom (2018-2021)

  • Lecturer - Business Law & Intellectual Property in High Technology for California State University San Marcos, the Master of Biotechnology Program for the Department of Biology
  • Freenome Holdings Inc., General Counsel
  • GenMark Diagnostics, Inc., Associate General Counsel
  • ViaCyte, Inc., Patent Attorney
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP, Associate
  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Associate
  • California Supreme Court, Judicial Extern to Honorable Janice Brown

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit