Public Symposium on AI and IP

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) Partnership will hold a public symposium on intellectual property (IP) and AI. The event will take place virtually and in-person at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, California, on March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT. 

The symposium will facilitate the USPTO’s efforts to implement its obligations under the President’s Executive Order (E.O.) 14110, “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.” The event will include representation from the Copyright Office, build on previous AI/Emerging Technologies (ET) partnership events, and feature panel discussions by experts in the field of patent, trademark, and copyright law that focus on:

  1. A comparison of copyright and patent law approaches to the type and level of human contribution needed to satisfy authorship and inventorship requirements;
  2. Ongoing copyright litigation involving generative AI; and 
  3. A discussion of laws and policy considerations surrounding name, image, and likeness (NIL) issues, including the intersection of NIL and generative AI. 

The USPTO's AI/ET Partnership provides an opportunity to bring stakeholders together through a series of engagements to share ideas, feedback, experiences, and insights on the intersection of IP and AI/ET.

You can find the official notice for this event in the Federal Register.


All times listed are in PT. Questions or comments related to the agenda and event series can be submitted in advance, to

Public Symposium on AI and IP video

Time (PT)TopicSpeaker
Master of Ceremonies: Linda Quigley, Senior Level Attorney Advisor, OPIA, USPTO
10-10:05 a.m.WelcomeLinda Quigley, Senior Level Attorney Advisor, OPIA, USPTO
10:05-10:25 a.m.Opening Remarks

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

Brie Clark, Dean, Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University


Session 1: Generative AI as Author or Inventor? A comparison of Copyright and Patent Analyses



Aaron Watson, Attorney Advisor, Office of Registration Policy and Practice, USCO

Thomas Krause, Director Review Executive, PTAB, USPTO


John Villasenor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Law, UCLA

Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Xiyin Tang, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA


11:50-1:05 p.m.Session 2: Litigation Update: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence


Justin Hughes, Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University


David Nimmer, Of Counsel, Irell & Manella

Angela Dunning, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Audrey Adu-Appiah, Associate, Oppenheim + Zebrak


Lunch Break

1:55-3:10 p.m.Session 3: AI, NIL, and the Lanham Act


Jeffrey Martin, Attorney Advisor, OPIA, USPTO


Maureen Weston, Professor of Law, Caruso School of Law Pepperdine University

Russell Hollander, National Executive Director, Directors Guild of America

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, SAG-AFTRA

Tearra Vaughn, Associate General Counsel, Meta

3:10-3:20 p.m.Closing RemarksMary Fuller, Regional Director of USPTO, Silicon Valley Regional Office

Speaker bios

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This event is part of a series: AI Partnership