AI/ET Partnership Series #3: AI-driven innovation


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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 Arts District Mansion in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, February 8. This meeting is being held in collaboration with Dallas Bar Association (DBA) Intellectual Property (IP) section and State Bar of Texas IP section.

During the event, panelists from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and diverse stakeholders from academia, industry, and law firms will explore various IP policy issues with respect to AI-driven innovation.

This event is free and open to the public, but in-person attendance is limited, so register earlyThe listening session previously scheduled to follow the third panel discussion has been postponed with the date to be determined. Now there will be an informal, in-person meet and greet session with USPTO employees directly following the event.

There will also be a brief question-and-answer session at the end of each panel. Virtual attendees may submit questions to panelists by emailing the inbox, which will be monitored during the event.

The USPTO published a notice in the Federal Register to announce this event.

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All times listed are in Central Time (CT).


Master of Ceremonies: Srilakshmi Kumar, Supervisory Patent Examiner TC 2600, USPTO

11:00 - 11:05 a.m.Opening Remarks

Charles Kim, Director of the Office of Petitions, USPTO

11:05 - 11:55 a.m.

Panel 1:  AI-Driven Innovation – The Current State of Play

This panel will do a deep dive into the current state of AI-driven innovation in different technology areas and potential IP considerations relating to these AI-driven innovations.  

Moderator:  Korin Munsterman, Director of Legal Education Technology and Professor of Practice, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law 

Dave Copps, Chief Executive Officer, Worlds

Romelia Flores, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IBM Client Engineering

Dr. Corey Clark, Deputy Director, Research & Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Human and Machine Intelligence (HuMIn) Game Lab, Southern Methodist University

Lunch break (15 minutes)
12:10 - 1:10 p.m.

Panel 2:  AI Inventorship

This panel will include perspectives from various stakeholders on the current state of AI technology in the invention creation process and how to address inventions created with significant AI contributions.

Moderator: Nalini Mummalaneni, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, USPTO

Rus Holloway, Deputy General Counsel – Intellectual Property, Bell Textron Inc.

Brian Kearns, Director, Patent Unit USA, Ericsson

Denise Canales, Assistant Vice President Technology Commercialization, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Mackenzie Martin, Co-Chair Global Patent Practice, Baker McKenzie

1:10 - 2:00 p.m.

Panel 3:  Unanticipated IP Challenges from AI-Driven Innovation

This panel will discuss some of these challenges from an enforcement perspective.  For example, what downstream impacts to IP enforcement and litigation arise from introducing black-box AI to the inventive process? Do applicants have to disclose AI-contributions in their patent applications to ensure validity of their patents? This panel will explore such questions to help identify the novel ways in which AI will shape tomorrow’s IP ecosystem.

Moderator: Michael Chu, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Hilda Galvan, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day

Jay Johnson, Managing Director, Deputy Chief Counsel, Charles Schwab

Professor David Taylor, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.Closing remarks

Hope Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional Office, USPTO

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