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Harnessing AI for Intellectual Property and Patent Practices


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Artificial intelligence is increasingly used to solve highly complex, data-heavy challenges. AI could have a profound effect on intellectual property legal practices, whether in-house or supported by outside counsel, especially considering the annual global growth in patent filings. 

IP and patent practices have traditionally relied on paper and manual searches to inform decision-making processes. AI can be deployed to simplify day-to-day tasks and deliver increased insight from IP data. Effective IP management allows attorneys and staff to manage intake, output, and related requests more efficiently. 

Automated solutions, particularly those harnessing AI, can provide tools that can assess performance, balance fluctuating workloads, and report to clients or the business the status of IP assets, operational activity, and costs.

During this 60-minute program, panelists will discuss:

• Using AI to improve efficiency and accuracy by moving from a manual patent application process to an automated process
• Using AI to automate search functions to find relevant IP information, as well as to categorize information for future use
• Using AI to analyze data to not only manage processes but also for potential competitive advantage gains

Educational Objectives:

Attendees will learn about:
• The benefits of automating day-to-day tasks to improve accuracy and efficiency
• The benefits of using AI to analyze the value of patent portfolios with respect to patent effectiveness, revenues, geographic location, and costs of renewal
• The benefits of using AI to increase the ability of professionals to engage in strategic decision-making based on access to quality information
Who would benefit most from attending this program?

• In-house counsel and support staff responsible for intellectual property and patent knowledge management processes 
• Outside counsel and support staff responsible for intellectual property and patent knowledge management processes 
• Knowledge management professionals

This is a complimentary program offered as a part of the Bloomberg Law Big Law Business Editorial Webinar series. 


Moderator: Peter Leung
  • Senior Legal Editor
  • Bloomberg Law

Peter C. Leung is a Senior Legal Editor on Bloomberg BNA’s Intellectual Property News team, where he works on the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal and the World IP Report. He was previously a journalist based in Hong Kong covering IP issues around the Asia-Pacific region. Before becoming a journalist, he was a labor and employment lawyer in California. He received his bachelors’ degree from the University of California, San Diego and his J.D. from UC Davis.

Andre Garber
  • Director
  • Dentons Canada Startup Program

Andre is the Director of Strategic Ventures for Dentons. Andre is responsible for reviewing new products and services lines for Dentons along with collaborating with technology companies to co-create solutions for the legal industry. Andre is a Strategic Advisor to Nextlaw Labs, assisting with Nextlaw’s investment strategy. Andre is also the founder of the Dentons Canada Startup Program, a program designed to successfully launch startups into the marketplace. Based in Dentons’ Toronto office, Andre focuses on corporate law with a strong focus on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors. He advises startups and entrepreneurs on a broad spectrum of legal matters, from commercial arrangements to capital raising and exit strategies. 

Shawnna Hoffman
  • IBM Global Cognitive Co-Leader
  • Watson AI & Global Computing

Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader for the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice driving global strategy and execution across clients, legal markets and internal groups. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in the capability of Consulting in 2015 and has two patents pending. She co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple.” She is the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain founded at the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain in 2017 and Co-Founder of the non-profit Women in eDiscovery, which has grown to over 5,000 members since its founding in 2007. Her specialties include Cognitive, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Watson, Cybersecurity, Big Data & Analytics, Box, MobileFirst, Business Strategy, eDiscovery, Computer Forensics, Records Management, Information Governance, Defensible Disposal, Litigation Readiness, Brexit, Consulting, Negotiations, Sales, and Diversity in the Workplace.

Bryant Lee
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Cognition IP

Bryant is the founder and CEO of Cognition IP, the first tech-enabled patent law firm focused on developing and using AI to improve service delivery in patent law. At Cognition IP, he leads the development of an artificial intelligence system to find hidden prior art and inform strategic IP decision making. Before founding Cognition IP, Bryant was a patent litigation attorney at Covington & Burling LLP and defended Fortune 500 companies in complex patent litigations in district court, the ITC, and the Federal Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an M.S. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon, where his research focused on developing large datasets for training AI programs.

Continuing Education

1.0 CLE; General COA
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