An Intellectual Property Primer For Software Developers

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The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

5141 California Ave., Ste 200 · Irvine, CA

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Located at California and Bison; enter from California. Plenty of free parking will be available.

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John King, J.D.
Partner, Knobbe Martens

Please join us for the fifth of the Orange County ACM Chapter's 2016 bi-monthly evening program series.


6:30 PM Doors Open & Networking

7:00 PM Announcements and Presentation

8:30 PM Meeting Adjourned

Event Details

This presentation is directed to the five things every software developer should know about intellectual property. It is well known that strategic use of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights can help a business, but there are a variety of pitfalls that can reduce the scope of protection. Thus, this presentation will focus on (1) how to properly outsource work to contractors, (2) how to protect computer software inventions in light of recent legal changes, (3) the pros and cons of Open Source software, (4) how to copyright code, and (5) how to protect trade secrets.

Speaker Bio

John R. King is a partner in Knobbe Martens' Orange County office. Mr. King’s practice is concentrated in strategic counseling, licensing, and patent procurement for both early stage and established companies. He has extensive experience in patenting novel technologies, developing strategies to protect a market niche, conducting patent landscape reviews, performing venture capital due diligence, preparing opinions, and dealing with the intellectual property challenges that face new companies.

Mr. King chairs Knobbe Martens' patent prosecution committee and has successfully counseled numerous start-up companies during the early stages of development. He also assists larger clients in building their patent portfolios.

Mr. King works with a variety of industries including audio processing, computer graphics, computer software and hardware, data storage, database technologies, financial transactions, GPS technologies, healthcare information technology, networking, online businesses, RFID tagging, semiconductors, statistical modeling, telecommunications, wireless communications, video gaming, and video processing.


This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Orange County Computing Society.