Allan Ward, Chief Counsel - Energy Commission
Bridget Jones, Attorney - Public Health
Carl DeNigris, Attorney - OEHHA
Carmen Gibbs, Attorney - Community Services & Development
Cathy Moua, AGPA - DGS
Christopher Gill, Attorney - DGS
Ephraim Egan, Attorney - Caltrans
Grace Arupo, Chief Counsel - DCA
Jennifer Yamane, Attorney - CalStrs
John Long, Attorney - Wildlife
Jonathan M. Eisenberg, Attorney - Department of Justice
Katie Belmonte, Attorney - Public Health
Kary Marshall, Attorney - Technology
Kenneth O'Nell, Attorney - CDCR
Laura Reimche, Attorney - Parks and Recreation
Maria Sapiandante, Attorney - Caltrans
Mark Sumner, Attorney - Managed Health Care
Marybeth Barber - State Library
Michael Rand, Attorney - DMV
Michelle Church-Reeves, Attorney - OSHPD
Shana Ayer, Attorney - Technology
Skitch Crosby, Attorney - Healthcare Services
Chris Stevens, Attorney - Technology
Ruth Yang, Attorney - DMV
A special thanks to our past members who have individually and collectively impacted the IP Program and made it successful.
IP Advisory Charter
IP Advisory Brochure
Intellectual property (IP) is a legal term that refers to creations of the mind, including an idea, invention or process. Common examples include software, discoveries, words, phrases, symbols, designs and logos. Original written works can be considered IP because they are subject to copyright.
There are the four main types of IP:
- Copyrights: pictures, audio and video recordings, maps, publications, Web page content
- Patents: inventions, processes
- Trade secrets: methods, techniques, processes
- Trademarks: names, logos, symbols, identifying marks
How can a state agency manage and protect its IP?
– DGS will be initiating a multi-phase outreach program to assist state agencies and departments in managing and protecting their intellectual property. For example, by registering service marks, trademarks and copyrights, when circumstances warrant, state agencies and departments will be better positioned to take legal action and avoid being associated with undesirable, unwanted and unacceptable messages.
What are the basic goals of the DGS IP program?
1. Increase awareness about the benefits and value of IP.
2. Increase understanding of IP rights and the best ways to enforce them.
3. Increase respect of IP, so that state agencies and departments do not inadvertently violate another party’s IP rights.
4. Develop appropriate contractual language to assist state agencies and departments in managing their IP.
5. Establish a "help desk" to provide state agencies and departments with assistance in this complex area of the law.
What are the risks if a state agency fails to manage and protect its IP? – One of the primary risks is that a failure to manage IP could lead to inadvertent violations of another’s IP rights.
If a department neglects to protect its IP rights, it could lead to unwanted association with undesirable messages or activities, which could damage the reputation of the state. For example, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) had to ask an alcoholic beverage company to stop using a DMV license plate because the department does not want to be associated with alcohol consumption. Had the department not managed its IP, then it would have no control over the usage of IP with its name attached to it.
DGS provides guidance to state agencies and departments seeking formal copyright protection to prevent unauthorized or inappropriate use of intellectual property.