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A definitive exploration of the professional characteristics of intellectual property attorneys and patent agents. Conducted every other year, the survey examines the economic aspects of intellectual property law practice, including individual billing rates and typical charges for representative IP law services. The next Economic Survey will be released in the middle of September 2019.

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Improve Your AI Patent Management & Practice

AIPLA Roadshows make modern patent practice workable. Find practical and comprehensive solutions that you’ll use everyday.

Intellectual property practitioners, investors, and other stakeholders interested in AI should sign up for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & IP Roadshow in Mountain View, CA.  

Intellectual property rights, particularly patents, remain an important legal tool for small and large businesses and inventors. 

As AI technologies advance and further permeate our society, uncertainties have emerged in the legal landscape related to intellectual property and AI. 

It is crucial to understand these changes and how they will affect you or your clients, particularly in view of persistent and continued calls for further reform and emerging technologies.  Even the USPTO has acknowledge the issues and is looking for suggestions from the IP community. 


The Program for this single-day multi-session seminar will cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Opening remarks by David Kappos, former Director of the USPTO
  • Techniques and guidelines for identifying AI innovations of value for IP protection
  • Strategies for building successful IP portfolios for Artificial Intelligence Inventions
  • Getting the most value out of your AI-related innovations
  • Best practices for collaborating with your organization to map your IP strategy to your business strategy
  • Ensuring that the value derived from your IP strategy is commensurate with the resource costs and business goals
  • Techniques for and considerations in planning an IP strategy for training data, ML models, and output data
  • Best practices to address issues of inventorship, adequacy of disclosure, subject matter eligibility, and more

Guidance on these topics and more will be presented by leading in-house and private practitioners.  CLE credit will be applied for, including ethics credit where applicable.


Who Should Attend

In-house counsel, intellectual property practitioners including litigators and patent prosecution attorneys, transactional attorneys, startup management, and investors who are generally interested in developments surrounding AI and its impacts on various aspects of intellectual property.  

Silicon Valley is home to many prominent companies working in AI and the intellectual property practitioners who serve them.  The Road Show provides an excellent forum to share knowledge and best practices.

What You Will Learn

  • Pragmatic advice as to how to evolve your practice in view of AI’s current and anticipated impact on the contours of intellectual property law.
  • Guidance from prosecutors and transactional experts as to the evolution of patent drafting strategies for AI technologies.
  • How new AI technologies and associated changes to the IP landscape may affect your practice and your clients’ intellectual property strategies.

    More Information Coming Soon*

Preliminary Program

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM: Welcome by AIPLA

8:20 AM - 9 AM: Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Identifying AI innovations of Value

  • The rapid pace of innovation in the AI-space and the volume of innovations being produced can make it difficult to determine which ideas can add real value to your organization. This panel of industry professionals will discuss techniques for identifying AI-related innovations with the potential to increase your bottom line as opposed to those that just make tasks easier.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM: BREAK

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Strategies for building successful IP portfolios for Artificial Intelligence inventions

    • Getting the most value out of your AI-related innovations is dependent on linking your IP strategy to your organization's business strategy. This panel will cover best practices for collaborating with your organization to map your IP strategy to your business strategy. The panel will discuss the added value of different types of IP assets in covering various types of AI-related innovations. The goal of this session is to help you ensure that the value derived from your IP strategy is commensurate with the resource costs and business goals.

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM: BREAK

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Working Lunch

    • During the lunch service, attendees will work in groups at their tables to identify issues within proposed hypotheticals. Some issues may be practical in nature while others address policy considerations that are currently being evaluated  by the USPTO.

    1:15 PM - 1:30 PM: BREAK

    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Training data –Copyrights, Trade secrets, and Data protection

    • Success of AI-related innovations may rely on the quality and protection of training data and training models. This panel will address techniques for and considerations in planning an IP strategy including training data, ML models, and output data.

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: BREAK

    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Patenting Inventions Related to Artificial Intelligence

    • AI-related inventions give rise to a number of patent related legal issues. This panel will discuss best practices to address issues of inventorship, adequacy of disclosure, subject matter eligibility, and more.

    5:00 PM - 5:15 PM: BREAK

    5:15 PM  - 7:00 PM: Networking Reception and Entrepreneur meet and greet


  • Kong, T.O.

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Partner

    T.O. focuses on patent infringement actions, with a particular emphasis on the representation of prominent generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation.
  • Mulcahy, John

    Finnegan | Partner

    john's practice includes litigation before federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), client counseling and opinions, and patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Ragusa, Paul A.

    Baker Botts | Partner

    Paul's practice encompasses high technology and Hatch-Waxman patent litigation, patent portfolio management, counseling and licensing.
  • Stadheim, Theresa

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. | Principal

    Theresa Stadheim is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Theresa’s practice involves writing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of wireless technologies, military and government technology, cryptographic and secure systems, computer architecture and programming, memory devices, and oil and gas industry technologies.
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