Bryan W. Wahl is a partner in our Orange County office. He focuses on intellectual property protection, infringement studies, and due diligence for financings and strategic transactions especially with respect to medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, and has counseled clients from the pre-Series A stage through exit. Dr. Wahl has represented clients in a variety of technical fields including aesthetic, bariatric, cardiovascular, gynecologic, imaging, neuromodulation, ophthalmic, orthopedic, and pulmonary devices, as well as wearable medical devices.
He has been involved in, as some examples, the intellectual property strategy and acquisitions of the following clients:
- CoreValve, Inc. (acquired by Medtronic, Inc. for $700 M)
- OrthoScan, Inc. (acquired by ATON GmbH)
- Embrella Cardiovascular, Inc. (acquired by Edwards Lifesciences for $43 M)
- Sapheon, Inc. (acquired by Covidien for $238 M)
- Interface Catheter Solutions (acquired by Nitinol Devices & Components)
Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Wahl entered medical school after one undergraduate year, and received his medical degree with honors from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1999. He completed an internal medicine residency in the UCLA-affiliated Cedars-Sinai Medical Center program in Los Angeles in 2002, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Wahl earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2005. In law school, he received three American Jurisprudence Awards, two Prosser Awards, and the Barbee Fellowship, researching conflicts of interest of hospital institutional review boards, and also was a summer extern for the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Dr. Wahl joined the firm in 2005. In 2012, he was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 under 40 attorneys in California. Dr. Wahl was also named by the Daily Journal in both 2012 and 2013 as one of the top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio Managers in California, as well as one of the top 100 intellectual property attorneys in California. In addition, he was recognized by The Recorder in its 2012 inaugural listing of 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as a Rising Star by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in 2013, and as a Southern California Rising Star in intellectual property law in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 surveys of his peers, featured in Los Angeles and Super Lawyers magazine, as well as a 2016 and 2017 Southern California Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Star and Orange County Up-and-Coming 25 Rising Star. In 2013, Super Lawyers magazine also highlighted Dr. Wahl in a special supplement entitled "My Lawyer, the Doctor."
In addition to his law practice at the firm, Dr. Wahl also continues to practice inpatient internal medicine as a hospitalist, caring for patients on the wards and in the ICU.
Summer extern to the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court, 2003.
- Named a "Southern California Rising Star" (2013-2017); "Southern California Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Star" (2016-2017); and "Orange County Up-and-Coming 25 Rising Star" (2016-2017) by Super Lawyers magazine for his work in intellectual property law.
- Recipient of the "Innovator Awards" by The Recorder for his editorial work on KnobbeMedical.com (2014).
- Named one of the Top 20 Under 40 attorneys in California by the Daily Journal (2012).
- Named as one of the Top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio Managers in California by the Daily Journal (2012 and 2013).
- Named as one of the Top 100 Intellectual Property attorneys in California by the Daily Journal (2012 and 2013).
- Named to the 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track list by The Recorder (2012).
- Named as one of twelve Rising Stars by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2013).
von Hoffmann, G., Wahl, B. Intellectual Property Implications of the Medical Wearable and Wellness Device Revolution for Startups. MD+DI (August 2016).
von Hoffmann, G., Wahl, B. Beginning the Patent Process. Modern Aesthetics (July/August 2014).
von Hoffmann, G., Wahl, B. Evaluating Freedom to Operate. Endovascular Today (June 2014).
von Hoffmann, G., Wahl, B. Beginning the Patent Process. Endovascular Today (May 2014).
Carson JM, Wahl, B. Case comment: code Laboratory Corp. v. Metabolite Labs, Euro. Intel. Prop. Rev. 2007, 29(7), 94.
Lau CY, Wahl, B., Foo WK. Ring vaccination versus mass vaccination in event of a smallpox attack. Hawaii Med J, Feb 2005, 64(2), 34-36.
Speeches & Seminars
Wahl B. "Intellectual Properties and Strategies for Startups," University of Hawaii Shidler School of Business, Honolulu, HI (June 26, 2017).
Behbahani, A., von Hoffmann, G., Wahl B., Sabett, R. "A Healthy Dose of IP: The Evolving Legal Landscape of the Health Field," Penn Intellectual Property Group Tenth Annual Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (March 16, 2017).
Wahl B. "The Value of IP for Startups." Entrepreneurs' Bootcamp, University of Hawaii Shidler School of Business, Honolulu, HI (February 5,2017).
Wahl B. “Enhancing Commercialization and Monetization of Your Intellectual Property,” Doheny Eye Institute Innovation & & Entrepreneurship Ideation to Commercialization CME Conference, Pasadena, CA (March 12, 2016).
Wahl B., Yee T., "Protecting Trademarks and Patents in China: What You Need to Know," 16th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference, Chicago, IL (November 5, 2015).
Wahl B., Yee T. "IP Value Creation - Role and Practice of the Entrepreneurial General Counsel," University of California, Irvine - School of Law, Irvine, CA (February 10, 2015).
Wahl B., Yee T. "Intellectual Property Rights in China After a Half Century of Industrialization," Fifteenth Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference, Chicago, IL (November 18, 2014)
Adams R., Yu J., Wahl B., Yee T. “Starts and Exits: The Life Cycles of Life Science Startups,” Private Equity Conference - Financing Innovation and Technology in Healthcare Conference, Chicago, IL (March 14, 2014).
Townes N., Wahl B., Yee T. “Intellectual Property Essentials and Value Creation,” Orange County Bar Association – Business and Corporate Law Section, Irvine, CA (February 26, 2014)
Lee S., Wahl B. Key Issues Facing Medical Device Prosecutors Today, presentation and CLE webinar, Irvine, CA (June 4, 2013).
Lee S., Wahl B. Key Issues Facing Medical Device Prosecutors Today, Stanford Biodesign-Bay Area In-House Medical Device Association, Stanford, CA (May 23, 2013).
Wahl B. Protecting Your Medical Inventions, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI (May 6, 2013).
Chaput B., Ippolito F., Wahl B., Yee T. “Protecting and Leveraging your Clients’ IP Rights and New Patent Law Implications,” State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA (October 13, 2012).
Pai F., Singeo L., Wahl B., Yee T. “Addressing Your Clients’ Intellectual Property Needs in Business Transactions,” State Bar of California 84th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA (September 18, 2011).
Singeo L., Tse G., Wahl B., Yee T. “Addressing Your Clients’ Intellectual Property Needs,” State Bar of California Cyber Institute, Irvine, CA (webinar) (January 27, 2011).
Pai F., Singeo L., Wahl B., Yee T. “Addressing Your Clients’ Intellectual Property Needs,” State Bar of California 83rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA (September 25, 2010).
Wahl B. “Intellectual Property: Turning an Idea Into a Patent,” Western Angiographic & Interventional Society 38th Annual Meeting, Kapalua, HI (September 25, 2008).
Wahl, B. Atrial Fibrillation. Grand Rounds, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, March 4, 2002.