AI Inventorship Listening Session - West 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 requesting comments regarding AI and inventorship. The USPTO is now announcing a West Coast AI inventorship public listening session, at Stanford Law School.

The purpose of the listening session is to seek stakeholder input on the current state of AI technologies and inventorship issues that may result from their advancement, as set forth in the questions posed in the Federal Register Notice of February 14, 2023.

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Agenda(All times in PT)

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AI Inventorship Listening Session - West Coast

Stanford University, Stanford, California
May 8, 2023

Time (PT)



10:00 am – 10:05 am


Meredith Schoenfeld, Associate Solicitor, Office of General Counsel, USPTO

10:05 am – 10:10 am

Opening Remarks


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

10:10 am – 10:25 am

Overview of AI Inventorship RFC

Matthew Sked, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, USPTO 

10:25 am – 10:35 am

Inventorship Hypothetical

Meredith Schoenfeld, Associate Solicitor, Office of General Counsel, USPTO

10:35 am – 10:50 am

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Daniel E. Ho, Professor, Stanford School of Law and Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for HAI

10:50 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Listening Session 1

Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School 

Peter Henderson, Stanford Law School 

Lisa Ouellette, Stanford Law School 

Laura Sheridan, Google 

Aprita Bhattacharyya, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP 

Tracy McSheery, PhaseSpace 

12:15 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch Break

1:20 pm – 1:25 pm

Brief Overview of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society (JPTOS)

Joshua Schwartz, Executive Director, JPTOS

1:25 pm – 2:25 pm

Listening Session 2

Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey and UCLA 

Ryan Phelan, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP 

David V Sanker, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP 

Guan Wang, Huski AI 

Jorge Cueto, Stanford University 

Ernest Beffel, Jr., Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP 

2:25 pm – 2:30 pm

Closing Remarks


Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO


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