Donald G. Lewis, Ph.D. - Retired
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Don Lewis advises clients on legal issues relating to technology and innovation. After working in Los Angeles for prestigious intellectual property (IP) litigation firms, Don accepted a position San Diego at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to work in-house as their chemistry patent counsel in conjunction with their newly formed Chemistry Department. Don remained at TSRI for nearly two decades, during which time the Chemistry Department achieved a reputation for preeminence. Don then returned to private practice and helped found Lewis Kohn & Walker LLP, where he specializes in IP creation and enforcement. He is a prolific speaker on IP issues and retains his ties with chemistry by active participation with law groups in both the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
In addition to his admission in California as an attorney, Don was also admitted as a solicitor in England, where he earned an LL.M. in IP Litigation. Don remains active with the English Law Society as a member of their International Division, but is presently a non-practicing solicitor. Don has dual citizenship with the United States and Canada and is licensed to practice before both the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Don is admitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) roster of IP Arbitration Neutrals in Geneva. Prior to entering the law, Don studied physics (B.S.), biophysics (Ph.D.), and microbiology (post-doctoral studies), publishing multiple research articles in each of these three fields. Don was elected a Fellow of the RSC, in part, for his contributions to the early development of Click Chemistry.