Calit2@UCI, OC Law Firm to Present 'Igniting Technology' Series

December 19, 2005 / By Anna Lynn Spitzer

12.19.05 – The University of California, Irvine division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2 ) and intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP will collaborate to present a quarterly research lecture series to the Orange County community.

Igniting Technology
Igniting Technology Series
will begin in March 2006.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear will sponsor the “Igniting Technology” series to create the opportunity for experts from different fields to exchange ideas on cutting-edge research and to promote technology transfer by attracting industry partners to participate in research projects.

“We have been looking for an opportunity to partner with UCI on a method for sharing research results with the broader community,” said James Hill, M.D., a partner with Knobbe Martens. “Calit2 offers a unique opportunity to explore information technology opportunities in great depth.”

Knobbe Martens is one of the largest intellectual property law and litigation practices in the United States. It has been named the highest-ranking IP law firm in the western U.S. for the past eight years, according to an annual survey conducted by Euromoney’s Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Headquartered in Irvine, the firm also maintains offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Luis Obispo. A vast majority of the firm’s 179 lawyers hold technical degrees and have previously worked as engineers, software developers or scientists in their respective fields.

The “Igniting Technology” series will consist of four evening lectures that will showcase pioneering research underway at Calit2. Each lecture will feature a leading principal investigator and members of the research team from a specific research project, and will be moderated by a representative from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. Each event may also include a research demonstration.

“Calit2 is pleased with this opportunity to showcase the extensive research taking place at the institute,” said Albert Yee, UC Irvine Calit2 division director. “Sharing our research projects with interested industry leaders, government officials, academic constituents and local community members is an effective way to speed technology transfer and encourage business development.”

The series will begin in March 2006, with a nanotechnology/materials science lecture. The quarterly series will continue in June, with a look at computer gaming research; September will focus on remote surgery and robotics; and the final session in December 2006 will feature advances in intelligent transportation.

About the University of California, Irvine: Celebrating 40 years of innovation, the University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County , UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3 billion. For more UCI news, visit

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