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Inaugural ICAIL Workshop on AI & Patents to be held on June 25

June 16, 2021

On June 25, 2021, the 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law (ICAIL) will host the inaugural Workshop on AI & Patents.

The full-day virtual event will feature an opening keynote by Ms. Coke Stewart, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Afterwards, distinguished scholars, practitioners, and global patent office representatives will deliver presentations and participate in wide-ranging panel discussions on AI and patenting.

The workshop focuses on two distinct spheres of work. First, the workshop addresses the use of AI technologies for patents, including applications of machine learning, natural language processing, and other algorithmic techniques toward patent prosecution, examination, and litigation. Second, the workshop interrogates legal and policy issues at the intersection of AI technologies and the patent systems of the world, including subject matter eligibility, AI inventorship, and implications of AI on global innovation.

“In less than a decade, artificial intelligence has risen from obscurity to ubiquity in the innovation economy,“ said Jerry Ma, workshop co-chair and Director of Emerging Technology at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “As AI technology marches on from board games to drug discovery, creative expression, and even legal analysis, the AI & Patents Workshop will bring together the intellectual property community in showcasing emergent issues at the convergence of AI algorithms, patent practice, and policy.”

Organized by the Center for AI and Patent Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University, the workshop is free to all members of the public. Patent practitioners, legal scholars, economists, AI & NLP researchers, patent office representatives, and industry software developers are especially encouraged to attend.

More information on the event webpage.