AI Inventorship Listening Session - East Coast

AI and inventorship

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plays an important role in incentivizing and protecting innovation, including innovation enabled by artificial intelligence (AI), to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI and other emerging technologies (ET).

On February 14, 2023, the USPTO published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) requesting comments regarding AI and inventorship. The USPTO is now announcing an AI inventorship public listening session on April 25, 2023. 

The purpose of this listening session is to seek stakeholder input on the current state of AI technologies and inventorship issues that may arise in view of the advancement of such technologies, as set forth in the questions posed in the February 14, 2023 FRN.

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Time (ET)



10:30 am – 10:35 am


Meredith Schoenfeld, Associate Solicitor, Office of General Counsel

10:35 am – 10:40 am

Opening Remarks

Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

10:40 am – 10:50 am

Overview of AI Inventorship RFC

Nalini Mummalaneni, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration 

10:50 am – 10:55 am

Inventorship Hypothetical


Meredith Schoenfeld, Associate Solicitor, Office of General Counsel

10:55 am - 12:15 pm

Listening Session 1

  • Prof. John Villasenor, UCLA Law 
  • Anthony Curro. IBM 
  • Corey Salsberg, NOVARTIS 
  • Rama Elluru, SCSP 
  • Prof. David Levine, ELON Law  
  • James Gatto, SheppardMullin 
  • Dr. Bijan Tadayon, ZAC 
  • George Summerfield, K&L Gates 

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch Break


12:45 pm – 12:50 pm

 Brief Overview of the JPTOS

James Choi, Editor in Chief, Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm

Listening Session 2

  • Kate Gaudry, IP Prism 
  • Prof. Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul, College of Law 
  • Prof. Lolita Darden, GW Law 
  • Mr. Morgan Reed, ACT | The App Association 
  • Mr. Pramod Misra, 
  • Mr. Barry Schindler, GreenbergTraurig 

1:50 pm – 1:55 pm



1:55 pm – 2:55pm

Listening Session 3

  • Robin Feldman, UC Law 
  • Dr. Saied Tadayon, ZAC 
  • Prof. Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri School of Law 
  • Dr. Ian Schick, Specifio 
  • Mr. Ivan Deleon 
  • Sierra Imari Arnold, The Gen Z Exec 

2:55 pm – 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Jerry Ma, Director of Emerging Technology, Office of the Chief Information Officer


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    Contact us

    • For questions regarding the AI/ET Inventorship FRN, please contact Aleksandr Kerzhner, Supervisory Patent Examiner, 571-270-1760, or Srilakshmi Kumar, Supervisory Patent Examiner, 571-272-7769. 
    • For questions about registration, please contact

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