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IEEE Computer Society Presents - Protect Your Intellectual Property

IEEE Orange County Computer Society (OCCS) 

Invention Ownership Issues - Who Owns Your IP - Employer, Employee, Contractor, Entrepreneur?

Date: January 23, 2012 (the 4th Monday of the month)
Invention Ownership Issues - Who Owns Your IP - Employer, Employee, Contractor, Entrepreneur?


Al Gess, Attorney
Snell & Wilmer

Time: Social Hour: 6:00 p.m. Presentation: 7:00 p.m.  

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

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Cost:   Members & non-members $10.00, includes pizza & drink.
           Students and unemployed: FREE, includes pizza & drink.
           FREE if you arrive after 6:45PM for presentation only.


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  • RSVP required for dinner. Please RSVP if you plan to show up only for the presentation
  • Questions to Event Coordinator Frank Austin Nothaft at fnothaft (at) ieee (dot) org.


Join dozens of IEEE Engineers for a presentation about 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 business are a party to the contract.

The speaker will entertain questions on issues concerning obtaining and enforcing patent protection for computer software, and the recently passed America Invents Act.


Al Gess, Esq, is an attorney at 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. Professional recognitions and awards for his intellectual property work and expertise include:


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Law [masked])
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property [masked])
  • Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property - Corporate Counsel Edition (2010)
  • Who's Who Worldwide
  • Fellow, Institute for the Advancement of Engineering
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal

In addition, Mr. Gess is heavily involved in local community organization and groups. He is a senior lifetime member of the IEEE and has served in officer positions and as a board member. These positions include Treasurer of the Orange County Computer Society, Board Member of the LA Council, and Chair and Treasurer of the OC Section. Mr. Gess served on the Board of advisors at the College of Engineering and Science at the University of Detroit and was involved in the John Sherman Myers Society at American University. Mr. Gess has also served as a Board Member for the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services.

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  • Dr. Don V B.

    Al Gess's presentation on Protecting Your IP and Patent Law was excellent. The crowd asked questions about Patent Law and Inventor's rights for an hour after the presentation. Answers were clear and concise. A great time was had by all.

    January 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent overview of patent process.

    January 24, 2012

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