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Miles Yamanaka

Dr. Yamanaka focuses his practice primarily on patent and trademark matters, including domestic and foreign patent applications, trademark protection, and client counseling.  Before joining Berliner & Associates, he was at the international general law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.  Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a senior scientist and scientific director at various biotech companies, and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California at Davis.  His patent expertise includes such areas as biotechnology and biological sciences, organic and inorganic chemistry, polymers, semiconductor fabrication, and biomedical devices.

Dr. Yamanaka obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied the genetics and biochemistry of the nervous system.   As a scientist in academia and the biotech industry, he cloned, expressed and characterized proteins of pharmacological interest, performed research on the molecular biology of animal viruses and parasites, and developed viral vaccines.   He has broad scientific knowledge in biotechnology including molecular biology, virology, vaccinology, and pharmacology.

Professional Activities

Dr. Yamanaka is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (“AUTM”).  He was on the planning committee of the 2008 AUTM Western Regional Meeting.  He was also a speaker at the meeting, presenting a talk on “Inequitable Conduct.”

Scientific Publications

Dr. Yamanaka has over twenty scientific publications.  Some of his most relevant include:

Yamanaka, M., et al.  (1984).  Cloning and sequence analysis of the cDNA for the rat atrial natriuretic factor precursor.  Nature 309, 719 - 722.

Yamanaka, M.K., et al.  (1987).  Structure and expression of the Drosophila calmodulin gene.  Nuc. Acids Res. 15, 3335 - 3348.

Yamanaka, M., et al.  (1988).  Cloning and sequence analysis of the hemagglutinin gene of the virulent strain of rinderpest virus.  Virology 166, 251 - 253.

Yilma, T., Hsu, D., Jones, L., Owens, S., Grubman, M., Yamanaka, M. and Dale, B. (1988)  Protection of cattle against rinderpest with vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the HA or F gene.  Science 242, 1058 - 1061.

Spratt, S.K., Tatsuno, G.P., Yamanaka, M.K., et al.  (1990).  Cloning and expression of human insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3.  Growth Factors 3, 63 - 72.

Heath, A.W., Arfsten, A., Yamanaka, M., et al.  Vaccination against the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis felis.  Parasite Immunol. 16, 187 - 191.

Yamanaka, M. and Yilma, T.  (1998).  Altered plaque formation by recombinant vaccinia virus expressing simian immunodeficiency virus Nef.  J. Virology 72, 5291 - 5295.

Educational Background

Dr. Yamanaka received a B.S. in Genetics, Highest Honors, from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley.  He received a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Bar Memberships

Dr. Yamanaka is admitted to practice before all of the State Courts of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.