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    Design Tech Meetup – From Idea to IP: Patenting New AEC Technology

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

    Architects can also be patented inventors! We all have imagination which can be applied to practical purposes and benefit the profession and society. Patents must be unique, have a practical purpose, and not be obvious. Technology innovation is strongly supported by the patent process. Join a discussion with two architects who have dreamed of innovative technology and completed the rigorous journey from initial idea to granted patent. You or your firm can be next!



    Learning Objectives

    Attendees will be able to:

    1. start transforming their technology ideas into patents.
    2. work more knowledgeably with patent attorneys and USPTO examiners.
    3. plan for all the stages of the patent process.
    4. dream bigger.


    About the Presenters

    Gabriele Sorrento
    Board Director, Vection Technologies

    Gabriele Sorrento is a Director at Vection Technologies, a 360° partner helping leading enterprises like Arup, Perkins&Wills, and Zaha Hadid Architects boost their design cycle with real-time software. Gabriele became passionate about computational design at the age of 14. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan and studied entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University as a Fulbright fellow. In 2014 he founded Mindesk, with the goal of empowering CAD users with AR/VR technology. Today Gabriele is part of AIASF Design Technology Commission and leads the VRAR Association Silicon Valley chapter.

    Dave Alpert, FAIA
    CEO and Co-Founder, Geopogo AR

    Dave is an award-winning architect now leading the development of Geopogo’s AR Instantly software for design and construction. 3D made simple. Geopogo’s vision is to apply the power of AR to build a better world by making construction more affordable and by increasing the budget available for high-quality design. In his career as an architect, Dave worked on project design teams for major commercial and institutional buildings in the Bay Area for the local offices of SOM, Gensler, and other firms. After earning an MBA mid-career, he worked on the owner’s side coaching design and construction teams on $10 billion of projects around the country for Kaiser Permanente.


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    Wednesday, April 20, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
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