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Benjamin D. Heuberger, Ph.D.

Patent Agent
+1.949.623.3609
Fax +1.949.253.0902
Benjamin Heuberger is a patent agent in the firm’s Orange County office, and holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with an emphasis in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. As a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Benjamin’s doctoral research explored the synthesis and function of genetic information—including artificial nucleic acids—in the origin of life. After receiving his Doctorate, Benjamin held a postdoctoral fellowship jointly at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute under Nobel Laureate Dr. Jack Szostak.

His practice includes intellectual property prosecution in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and life science arts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, startups, universities, and independent inventors. He works with clients and attorneys to develop robust national and foreign patent portfolios including initial filings on novel chemical species, process chemistry, medical devices, therapeutic implants, and secondary filings to cover combination therapies, prodrugs, salt forms, crystal forms, and formulations.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Dr. Heuberger was a patent agent in the Boston office of a U.S.-based law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Chemical Society

Speaking Engagements

  • “Dovetailing Academia and IP Protection,” Chemistry 252/253 Seminar — University of California, Riverside, May 2017
  • “Selecting for a Sequence-General RNA-based RNA-Helix Recognition Motif,” HHMI Janelia Farm - From the RNA World to the Clinic — Ashburn, VA, September 2010
  • “Synthetic Nucleic Acids: Developing Alternative Information Biopolymers,” 20th Annual Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Conference — University of California, Riverside, May 2006