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Leslie B. Overman, Ph.D

San Diego
(619) 340.0445


State Bar of California
United States Patent and Trademarks Office - Patent Attorney


Intellectual Property
Licensing and Technology Transfer
Trade Secrets
Strategic Counseling and Portfolio Development


University and State Employees (USE) (Chair of the board of directors)


J.D., California Western School of Law

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Texas A&M University

B.A., Biochemistry, University of Maryland



Leslie (Les) B. Overman is a partner in the San Diego office. Dr. Overman is a registered patent attorney and a Ph.D. Biochemist with substantial industry experience as a bench scientist before entering the legal profession.

Dr. Overman's research, business, and legal experience provide a valuable perspective for helping clients integrate their IP needs with their business objectives in global patent procurement and licensing, as well as patent infringement and freedom to operate analyses.

Some examples of scientific subject areas for which he has advised clients include: protein and DNA diagnostics and therapeutics spanning areas of oncology, immunology, and microbiology; protein post-translational modification; genomics, agricultural biotech, personalized medicine; and medical devices.  Some of the products for which Dr. Overman has represented clients include diagnostics for microbial infection, disease susceptibility and progression, nucleic acid vaccines, massively parallel nucleic acid sequencing technology, stem cells, novel nucleic acid modifications, nucleic acid delivery technology, agents that modulate gut hormones, skin care formulations, tissue bulking agents, methods and devices, handheld electronic nose devices, and polypeptides from snake venom modified for medical uses.

Dr. Overman also has provided counseling in non-biotechnology areas that include simple mechanical devices including construction tools, run-walk shoes, portable fencing, automated animal watering devices, pipette tips and pipette tip handling devices. 

Dr. Overman is a Past President of the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association and Past Chair of the Licensing Executives Society San Diego Chapter. Dr. Overman is also Chair of the board of directors for the University and State Employees (USE) Credit Union.


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