AI as an Inventing tool—Its Implications for Patent Law and Policy

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (PT)
Virtual / Zoom

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Want to share your experiences with AI/automation tools? Come share your thoughts and participate in Prof. Chien’s anonymous survey! The survey should take about 5 minutes and you may exit at any time without penalty.

With the remarkable progress of deep-learning-based AI, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in the inventing process itself. A good example is AlphaFold’s accurate prediction of 3D structure of proteins, and the subsequent application of its descendants to drug discovery. For the first time in history of human inventions, a tool is capable of predicting a definite and permanent solution, if the problem space has been properly defined. While this new synergy between human researchers and machine (AI) is likely to unleash unprecedented potential in the innovative economy, it may pose challenges to various patent law doctrines, including inventorship, novelty, non-obviousness, enablement and written description. In dealing with these doctrinal challenges, a holistic approach undergirded by deeper principles is in dire need. Meanwhile, AI can also be used as a useful tool to promote fair access to the patent system. This half-day conference invites several AI technologists and pioneering legal scholars to share their insights on these important issues.


Ali Alemozafar
Partner, Wilson Sonsini
Prof. Dennis Crouch
University of Missouri School of Law
Ali Madani, PhD
CEO, Profluent
Prof. Keith Robinson
Wake Forest University School of Law
Prof. Colleen Chien
BCLT, Berkeley Law
Yuan Hao, PhD
BCLT, Berkeley Law
Prof. Robert Merges
BCLT, Berkeley Law
Calvin Chin
Founding Partner, E14 ventures
Prof. Peter Lee
UC Davis Law
Nalini Mummalaneni

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