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Patently Innovative: Mastering the AI/ML Patent Maze with Real-world Strategies with Michael Stein

September 28, 2023

Patently Innovative: Mastering the AI/ML Patent Maze with Real-world Strategies with Michael Stein

Event Summary

In the fast-paced realm of AI and machine learning, your startup's intellectual property could be its secret weapon. But how can you navigate the intricate patent landscape to secure your innovations? Join our 90-minute workshop, 'Patently Innovative', to learn about effective patent strategies and hear from a startup that's successfully applying these tactics in the AI/ML space.

Workshop Agenda:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
· Welcome and Overview
· Importance of Patents in the AI/ML Landscape

2. Understanding AI/ML and Patents (15 minutes)
· Challenges in Patenting AI/ML Inventions
· The Functional Nature of AI/ML
· Multi-modal Claiming Strategies

3. Crafting Robust Technical Disclosures (15 minutes)
· Meeting Enablement Requirements
· Detailing Technical Processes
· Aligning with USPTO Guidance

4. Leveraging Provisional Applications (10 minutes
· Why File Early?
· Anchoring Inventions and Avoiding IP Loss

5. Trade Secrets vs. Patents: A Quick Comparison (10 minutes)
· The Benefits of Patents and Trade Secrets
· Key Factors in Choosing the Best Strategy

6. Success Story: Patent Strategy in Action by an AI/ML Startup (15 minutes)
· Introduction to the Startup
· The Startup's Journey through the Patent Process
· Lessons Learned and Advice for Other Founders

7. Interactive Session: Crafting a Patent Strategy for a Hypothetical AI/ML Invention (15 minutes)
· Analyzing the Invention
· Discussing Potential Patent Strategies
· Audience Participation and Feedback

8. Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)
· Recap of Key Points
· Open Discussion and Questions
· Closing Remarks

This engaging workshop will equip you with the tools and insights to protect your AI/ML innovations, and provide a real-world example of a startup navigating the patent landscape. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to strengthen your startup's intellectual property strategy.


About Michael:

I am passionate about helping early-stage companies with growth, financing, and intellectual property. I have 30 years of experience practicing law, specializing in intellectual property law. Specific areas of national recognition include patenting software inventions in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. My education includes a BSEE from Drexel University (1983); MSE from University of Pennsylvania (1985); and a JD from Temple University School of Law (1990). In addition, I’ve been an active angel investor and advisor to startup companies. In the early-stage investment arena, I have extensive experience in both leading and participating in due diligence teams. I currently serve on the advisory boards of quite a few early-stage companies.


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September 28, 2023


September 28, 2023


4:30 pm


6:30 pm


Venture Mechanics

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Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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