AI/ET Partnership Series #2: AI & Biotech


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The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) Partnership Series will hold its next meeting virtually and in person at the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Silicon Valley Regional Office on September 22, 2022. During this meeting, panelists from industry and the USPTO will explore various patent policy issues with respect to the biotech industry.

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All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).

9:30 -  9:40 a.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jerry Ma, Director of Emerging Technology, USPTO

9:40 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1:  Avoiding Labels – Application Drafting Strategies

This panel will discuss the USPTO’s potential considerations when drafting applications and claims in AI/biotech, 112 issues in the context of life sciences (e.g., disclosure, inventorship) when drafting application, and subject matter eligibility.

Moderator: Charles Boudreau, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO

Ernie Beffel, Managing Partner, Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP

Lisa Hillman, Partner¸ DLA Piper

Erik Huestis, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. 

Presentation: Landscaping on AI in Biotech 

This presentation will discuss the nature, evolution, and diffusion of AI in biotechnology invention, with evidence from patent applications filed at the USPTO.

Nicholas Pairolero, Research Economist, USPTO

Break (10 minutes)
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Panel 2:  Convergence of Technologies

This panel will discuss current trends highlighting the convergence of technologies in the life sciences, computational biology and chemistry, and AI. Panelists will explore recent innovations exemplifying this technological convergence, as well as the impact of technological convergence on the marketplace (e.g., efficiencies toward lowering costs to marketplace, ability to discover new potential therapeutics).

Moderator: Nelson Yang, Senior Advisor and Director of International Patent Business Solutions, USPTO

Hogene Choi, Partner, Morrison Foerster

Theofanis Karaletsos, Vice President of Data Science and Machine Learning, Insitro

Allison Schmitt, Fellow and Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Life Sciences Project

Karl Skowronek, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

11:50 a.m. - noonClosing Remarks

Stephen Koziol, Acting Regional Director of Silicon Valley Regional Office, USPTO

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This event is free and open to the public, so register early to attend in person or virtually.


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This event is part of a series: AI Partnership, Continuing legal education (CLE)