C. Craig Carlson & Jan P. Weir, Attorneys at Law, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth on Entrepreneurship

Winter Quarter 2012 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Featuring C. Craig Carlson

Attorney at Law

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Jan P. Weir

Attorney at Law

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Free and open to the public

The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.


C. Craig Carlson specializes in emerging and growth companies. He is a co-founder of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Mr. Carlson's primary area of practice is corporate and securities. He has extensive experience with respect to private and public financings (both debt and equity), strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities matters, and general corporate and business representation.

Since 1975, Mr. Carlson has represented numerous private and public companies in a diverse array of industries, including computer, software, telecommunications, electronics, biomedical and biopharmaceutical, health care services, financial and title services, food, and various consumer products and services. He has lectured at and participated in numerous seminars and speaking engagements on topics related to legal issues facing emerging and growth companies, including primarily private and public financing. 

He earned his B.S and J.D. and from the University of Southern California.


Jan P. Weir’s practice emphasizes protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in addition to related business litigation in federal and state courts. His primary emphasis is on patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, antitrust, and other business tort litigation, in addition to the preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications. His other areas of emphasis include: intellectual property disputes, including misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, trademark litigation, copyright litigation, and general commercial disputes involving technology companies. He provides counseling to companies and individuals regarding liability and enforcement risks associated with business transactions.

Mr. Weir has lectured and authored articles on such topics as protecting product shapes as trademarks, the constitutionality of product shape trademark protection, litigating tortious interference; unfair competition and antitrust cases, and litigation immunities. He was named one of the Top 30 IP Litigators in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings Law School, after receiving a B.S. in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine.

For a complete listing of Entrepreneurship Seminar Series guest speakers, please visit http://www.eng.uci.edu/events/entseminars.