Gayani R. Weerasinghe, ESQ., M.A.
Ms. Gayani Weerasinghe is a business law and intellectual property (IP) attorney with both law firm experience and in-house experience. Her practice focus on helping start-ups and entrepreneurs with their business ventures, including helping them create their business partnerships, entities, contracts, confidentiality agreements, strategic alliance agreements, licenses, and procure trademarks, copyrights, and patents.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Weerasinghe was actively involved in biomedical research with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, investigating diabetes, stem cells, and neuroinflammation. Ms. Weerasinghe has published twelve peer-reviewed articles on cell signaling processes related to diabetes, inflammatory response related to Alzheimer’s disease and Bipolar Disorder, and developmental cancer.
Ms. Weerasinghe earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology from California State University at Northridge, CA. She received her Master’s Degree in Cellular Molecular Developmental Biology & Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University & NIH Partnership Program in Baltimore, MD. While at Johns Hopkins, she was awarded the 2006 DuPont Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In 2011, she received a Diploma in European Intellectual Property and Biotechnology from Hassen International Summer University in Giessen, Germany, linking law, business, and science.
Ms. Weerasinghe, received her J.D. degree from California Western School of Law, with honors in IP concentration. She is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award (highest grade in class) for Intellectual Property Licensing, the 2013 Andrea L. Johnson Award for excellence and contributions to the IP Program, and the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for completion of 50 pro bono hours annually. She is a member of the bars of the state of California and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
As an active participant in the legal and business communities, Ms. Weerasinghe is a member of the American Inns of Court and a director of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.