Visitors to Mr. Weinberger's office often get a lesson in physics along with excellent legal advice. Inevitably, either during a conference or at its conclusion visitors note the collection of physics demonstration toys distributed around the office and inquire about the workings of one or two. Larry is more than willing to enthusiastically demonstrate them and describe the underlying principles. In his office, just as in his patent drafting, Larry is skilled at making technology clearly understandable.
Mr. Weinberger earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Western Reserve University. Funded by an NSF fellowship, he spent one summer studying Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and helped construct his laboratory's NMR. He was one of the first ever to apply NMR to a biological sample. After graduation, Mr. Weinberger worked in the Biophysics Branch of the U. S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory where he studied biological systems using high resolution spectrometers, spectrofluorimeters, and precision radiological measuring devices. He also designed pulse height analyzer systems for radionucleotide measurements in biological samples as well as a multichannel ion electrode system for use in monitoring ion fluxes across membranes. Mr. Weinberger then pursued doctoral studies in the biophysics graduate program of the Johnson Research Foundation of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Weinberger's wide-ranging training in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and physics at Penn still provides him with the necessary background that enables him to quickly understand new scientific advances. Mr. Weinberger's physics specialty area was molecular structure (quantum physics and chemistry).
Mr. Weinberger attended Delaware Law School of Widener University. He received a Juris Doctor degree cum laude, graduating with honors in the top 5% of his class.
Practicing law has provided Mr. Weinberger with many opportunities to serve his clients using a combination of his scientific background, an appreciation of the law's requirements, and an understanding of real world business requirements. Mr. Weinberger deals with the whole gamut of intellectual property matters including copyrights, trademarks, and patents as well as licensing and business matters. Subjects of his patent drafting have ranged from electronic to mechanical to biotechnology including work with NMDA receptors, g-protein coupled receptors, and the molecules which modulate them. Mr. Weinberger was one of the founding shareholders of a biotechnology company that has since gone public. In addition, Mr. Weinberger has written many of the fundamental patents covering advanced computational chemistry methods in drug discovery.
One of Mr. Weinberger's more rewarding activities was as a member and ultimately chairperson of the education committee of the non-profit Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, of which he also served as a vice president and board member. Twice yearly, the committee published the magazine, Your World/Our World, that was distributed free to requesting school districts in Pennsylvania and at a nominal charge to districts in other states. Emphasizing colorful graphics and easily readable, but scientifically accurate text, the magazine introduced students in the 7th - 9th grades to contemporary developments in biotechnology and medicine. The magazine has been used in all high school grades as well as in some junior college curricula. One issue was even used as a primer at a retreat for Federal judges. In 1999, Mr. Weinberger was honored with the PBA's Biocatalyst of the Year Award for his contributions to the advancement of the organization's objectives.
Mr. Weinberger is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania as well as the United States Supreme Court.
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