Invention Ownership Issues - Who Owns your IP?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 

Topic:                  Invention Ownership Issues - Who Owns your IP?
Speaker:             Al Gess, Esq.

Time:                   5:30 PM - Attitude Adjustment
                                    6:00 PM - Meeting
                                    7:00 PM - Dinner
Location:              Sinbad's Restaurant
                                    Pier 2 The Embarcadero
                                    San Francisco, CA 94111
Cost:                    $25 (at the door)
                                    Limited Seating (RSVP Required)
                                    $25 (Email pre-registration)
                                    Pre-registrants qualify for IEEE Color Book Drawing
Students:            $10 (at the door) for first 5 IEEE student members.
Contact:                Bob Formicola 
                                    (209) 470–3056

Invention ownership issues associated with patents in employer-employee relationships, marital relationships, partnerships, consulting arrangements, and researcher-university arrangements. Topics include consideration of licensing issues including the transfer or assignment of patents. The presentation will focus on common issues or pitfalls to be aware of in employment relationships. Common scenarios in the corporate or other employment settings will be discussed to practically highlight the considerations behind effective protection of your ownership interests in intellectual property. In addition, the presentation will touch upon inventions made under Government contracts and how patent ownership can be affected in such situations when a university, non-profit, or small businesses are a party to the contract.

Al Gess, Esq., is a partner at the Law Firm of Snell & Wilmer in Orange County, CA. His practice is concentrated in litigation and transactional work in the areas of patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, copyright, and related contract law. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Detroit in 1966 and his juris doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law in 1971. Mr. Gess has worked in a variety of professional capacities throughout his career, including:
• Price and Gess, Founding Partner 
• Jackson, Jones & Price, Partner • Burroughs Corporation, Senior Patent Attorney 
• Office of Naval Research, Patent Advisor 
• United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Examiner 
Mr. Gess is and has been involved in a variety of professional and local memberships and activities. These activities include the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association (Patent Enforcement Section, Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Section), the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Patent Law Association (President - 1990), the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Licensing Executive Society, and the International Trademark Association.