Visionary Innovators and Intellectual Property – April 26

DC_SIGGRAPH has been invited to atttend “Around the World with LES” on Thursday, April 26. If your interested in intellectual property then this event is for you! There are some interesting speakers!…

Intellectual property, licensing and business development professionals will gather around the world to celebrate World IP Day and the importance of IP to the global economy. Participating LES (USA & Canada) Chapters and LESI societies will host events celebrating World IP Day on April 26, 2012.

Washington DC Chapter Event

Thursday, April 26, 2012
8:30 AM – 1:45 PM


United States Patent and Trademark Office
Knox Building – 1st Floor Lobby Level Conference Center
501 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA

Visionary Innovators and Intellectual Property


Teresa Rea
Deputy Director
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Visionary Innovation: a View from Within the USPTO

James Pooley
Deputy Director General for Innovation and Technology
World Intellectual Property Organization
Geneva Switzerland
Visionary Innovation: Policy Implications for Business and Government

Adam Mossoff
Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Promoting Innovation From Sewing Machines to Smart Phones

Bryan A. Geurts
Chief Patent Counsel
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
American Innovators: NASA Perspectives on Innovation

Dr. Alois A. Langer
Inventor of the Automatic Implantable Defibrillator
Medical Innovations and Health Care

Robert Sachs
Fenwick & West
Philosophy, The Patent Law, and Innovation

Raymond Van Dyke
Van Dyke Law
Washington, DC

Technological Innovation and the History and Social Balance of Intellectual Property

The importance of technological innovation and visionaries, as well as the social balance and value of Intellectual Property in society, will be discussed from various perspectives, including effects generated by the America Invents Act of 2011. In the morning session, patent practitioner and educator Raymond Van Dyke will speak on the history of technology, intellectual property law and the American patent system, including many visionary innovators in history. George Mason University Law Professor Adam Mossoff will speak on the topic “Promoting Innovation from Sewing Machines to Smartphones,” and Fenwick & West Partner, Robert Sachs will present on “Philosophy, The Patent Law, and Innovation.”

The lunch/afternoon session will include several distinguished speakers addressing visionary innovators and innovations from various perspectives. First, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Teresa Rea, will provide a perspective of the USPTO. James Pooley, Deputy Director General for Patents at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, will provide various business and government perspectives and policy implications regarding innovation. National Inventor Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Al Langer, a visionary innovator, will speak on his experiences. Finally, Bryan Geurts, Chief Patent Counsel for NASA Goddard, will speak on “American Visionaries: NASA Perspectives on Innovation.” Ray Van Dyke will then moderate a panel discussion with the speakers on the value of intellectual property and current issues and challenges involving IP.

Join us for this exciting program and exceptional networking event to celebrate World IP Day, Thursday, April 26th, at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

LES Member & Non-Member: $10

Online Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, April 24, 12 PM EST

No refunds after April 24, 2012
Substitutions are permitted

8:30 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM Introductions
9:30-10:45 AM Speaker: Raymond Van Dyke
10:45-11:15 AM Speaker: Professor Adam Mossoff
11:15-11:45 AM Speaker: Robert Sachs
11:45-12:00 PM Break
12:00-1:20 PM Lunch Panel: Teresa Rea, James Pooley, Dr. AlLanger, Bryan  Geurtz
1:20-1:45 PM Q&A
1:45 PM Adjournment

Indie Game: The Movie Coming to DC on April 25

April 25 – Washington, DC
Indie Game: The Movie – The Tour Presented by Adobe®

The E Street Cinema, April 25th at 7pm

Discount code ($3.00 off)   for SIGGRAPH members- SIGGRAPHIGTM

Washington, DC
E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street Northwest

April 25th, 2012

7pm (Doors Open 30 mins Prior)

The 96 min film follows the dramatic journeys of game developers as they create and release their games to the world. The screening includes an in-person Q&A
with the filmmakers and Adobe® prizes.

Buy tickets at

Indie Game: The Movie

2012 Sundance Official Selection World Documentary Competition
2012 Sundance Winner for Best Editing in World Cinema
2012 South by Southwest Official Selection
Labelled “A big hearted celebration of the artistic spirit!” by IndieWire and a “Must See” by Ain’t It Cool News.

March meeting


DC_SIGGRAPH is planning to do something different for our March meeting.  Please join us for a film screening of Space Junk 3D at the Johnson IMAX Theater, Natural History Bldg at 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW on Friday, March 16.  A discussion with Andrew Johnston, a geoscientist at the Air and Space Museum, follows the screening. You can purchase tickets on line or call the number below.

We hope to see you there!
Information below:
Space Junk 3D. Evening Film Screening

Friday, March 16 @ 7pm

Presented by Smithsonian Resident Associate Program

$10-$13 buy tickets

Call 202-633-3030 to order
After 50 years of launching our dreams into space, we’re left a growing ring of orbiting debris that casts a shadow over the future of space exploration. Experience mindboggling collisions, soar from stunning depths to unprecedented views, and embark on a sensory expanding voyage into our now-threatened Final Frontier in visually explosive 3D. Join Andrew Johnston, National Air and Space Museum geographer, following the screening for discussion and Q&A.

Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Space, the final frontier— or ultimate, orbiting landfill? For more than 50 years, we’ve launched our dreams into space. We’ve successfully brought back astronauts, space shuttles, moon rocks, images of the universe, and massive amounts of data. At the same time, we’ve also left a lot behind. Countless pieces of metal, glass, and plastic from satellites, rockets, and other manmade objects are orbiting directly above us. These objects, which can be as large as a bus, travel at high speeds, often crashing into each other, natural orbiting objects, or falling back into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Space Junk 3D (38 min.), narrated by Tom Wilkinson, explores the potential dangers this extraterrestrial clutter presents as it gets in the way of our scientific orbits. The film also introduces potential initiatives to clean up space.

A discussion with Andrew Johnston, a geoscientist at the Air and Space Museum, follows the screening.

See the Space Junk 3D trailer now.

Johnson IMAX Theater, Natural History Bldg
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Quick Tix Code: 1P0-299

3D Studio Max and Compositing With Combustion

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office – Remsen Conference Center – link to map:

-NOTE: The meeting room might change


DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to hear a presention by Rob Cloutier on using 3D Studio Maxand compositing with Combustion for an upcoming documentary.

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Next meeting October 25 – Computer Graphics, Visual Thinkers and the Dyslexic Advantage

“Computer Graphics, Visual Thinkers and the Dyslexic Advantage”

A talk by Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind’s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office –  link to map:


DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to hear a talk by Thomas West, author of In the Mind’s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein.

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Computer Graphics in Washington DC

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Where: US Patent and Trademark Office


Please join DC_SIGGRAPH as our own Roberto Ortiz gives a talk about the Washington DC area computer graphics market and some of the activities carried out by the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter.  He will showcase work by our members via a show reel including work from NASA, the National Transportation Safety Board and Bully! Entertainment.

This encore presentation was given at the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver in the International Theater to a full house. For those of you who were unable to attend the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, this is your opportunity to hear this presentation and see the amazing work done by members of our chapter!

After the presentation, DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to share your experiences with those who could not attend the conference this year. Bring your laptop and flash drives and exchange photos. Show off your coveted Pixar teapot!  Tell us about the cool parties we missed! Whether or not you attended the conference in Vancouver, please join us for this post-conference wrap-up!

See you on Thursday, September 8th from 7 to 9pm at the US Patent and
Trademark Office.  Look here for directions to the Patent and Trademarks Office:

Also note, to make admittance into the building easier, we strongly request an RSVP if you plan to attend the meeting. Please RSVP to

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An Evening with Akin Bilgic (Disney Artist, ZBrush Modeler)

Wednesday, June 8 6:00 PM


TED’s Montana Grill (We meeting at Teds first for an early Dinner and then we are walking to the USPTO for an One hour presentation @ 8:00 PM)
US Patents & Trademarks Office Remsen Conference Center (One Hour Presentation & Q&A)


6:00 PM : Early Dinner
8:00 PM : Presentation

Recently, some of our members have commented on one of our memorable meetings – the ZBrush demonstrations – and have asked about our presenter, Akin.  Well, you have the opportunity to ask him yourself!  DC_SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to an informal gathering to visit with Akin, hear about the latest work he is doing, his experiences at Disney and where he is working now. Akin will even bring his laptop and give a brief demonstration or some tips/tricks he’s learned the past couple years.

We hope you will join us for this informal gathering. (We apologize for the last minute announcement, but only recently learned Akin was in town for a visit!)

TED’s Montana Grill
451 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314

US Patents & Trademarks Office
1st floor conference center
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

You may join us for either Dinner or the Presentation.

(RSVP are not required, but appreciated)

You can see a sample of Akin’s Porfolio here: