AI/ET Partnership Series #4: AI tools and data

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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 (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, September 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m ET.

During the meeting, presenters from the USPTO and other federal agencies and panels with diverse stakeholders from academia, industry, and law firms will explore various intellectual property (IP) policy issues with respect to AI tools and data. Presentations and panel discussions will cover:

  • Efforts at the USPTO and elsewhere to harness AI to benefit stakeholders and the IP system
  • The value of USPTO data in advancing the state-of-the-art in AI
  • Timely policy issues related to trustworthy and responsible AI use

This event is free and open to the public, but in-person attendance is limited, so register early.

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Master of Ceremonies: Matthew Such, Technology Center Director, USPTO

10:30-10:35 a.m.Welcome

Matthew Such, Technology Center Director, USPTO

10:35-10:45 a.m.Opening remarks

Vaishali Udupa, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

10:45-11 a.m.Demo of USPTO Virtual Assistant

Chris Doninger, Supervisory Attorney Advisor, USPTO

11-11:25 a.m.

AI Patent Dataset

Nick Pairolero, Economist, USPTO

Tisa Islam Erana, Ph.D. candidate, Florida International University

11:25-12:25 p.m.Panel Discussion - Advancing AI & IP research with USPTO data

Dean Alderucci, Director of Research, Center for Artificial Intelligence and Patent Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University 

Ian Wetherbee, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Google 

Alex Giczy, Data Scientist, Addx Corporation 

12:25-1:25 p.m.Lunch
1:25-1:50 p.m.AI Risk Management Framework

Elham Tabassi, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies, NIST

1:50-2:10 p.m.

Demo of Patents End-to-End Similarity/More Like This Search

Jonathan Horner, Supervisory Patent IT Specialist, USPTO

Nicholas Jensen, Academy Supervisory Patent Examiner Trainer, USPTO

2:10-2:35 p.m.Generative AI

Stephan Mitchev, Chief Technology Officer, USPTO

2:35-2:45 p.m.Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.Panel Discussion - Practitioners' evaluation and use of AI

Eli Mazour, Partner, Harrity & Harrity 

John Hocker, Founder, Cybernetic

Darrell Mottley, Attorney, Banner Witcoff; Member, Advisory Council, American Bar Association Task Force on the Law and Artificial Intelligence

Elizabeth Manno, Partner, Venable LLP 

3:45-3:50 p.m.Closing Remarks

Debbie Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer, USPTO

Speaker bios



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    The public meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, should communicate their needs at least seven business days prior to the public meeting to Alex Kerzhner at 571-270-1760, or; or Sri Kumar at 571-272-7769, or

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