Startup Workbench Webinar Series

Launching a startup requires innovative ideas, hard work, good timing, and luck. You, the student entrepreneurs, are addressing the technical, scientific and financial issues in your venture. Now, you must deal with the usual legal issues confronted by startups. The formation of a startup company and its financing may appear deceptively simple. But, a startup faces a multitude of complex legal issues which, if mishandled, can have a substantial and sometimes irreparable negative impact on its business. These areas include, among others, intellectual property, intra-company relationships, securities issuance and ownership, tax, trade secrets, employment, and competition issues. Addressing them thoroughly and competently is crucial to success. Avoiding mistakes is critical and we are here to help.

Join our Kelley Drye lawyers in helping Cornell Tech entrepreneurs address these issues.

AI and U.S. Patent Laws: Forward-Looking Strategies for Startups

Thinking Through the Issues
  • IP Strategy: Who invents? Who owns? Who infringes? How to enforce?

  • When it comes to AI-driven innovations, what can be protected?

  • Can software systems using artificial intelligence patent their own inventions?

  • How are companies protecting tomorrow’s AI breakthroughs?

Patent offices, along with the courts in many jurisdictions, have struggled to establish clear delineations of what is and what is not patentable. The jurisprudence is continually evolving. AI patents are strongly dependent on mathematical relationships and algorithms, which are considered abstract ideas under patent law, restricting what can be patented.

At issue: Whether a country’s patent laws requires an “inventor” to be a human being. The U.S. Patent Act requires that the patent application identify at least one “inventor,” who  is defined as an “individual,” not a machine.
  • Can the current U.S. patent system effectively address AI protection since AI is radically different from other innovations?

  • Will attempting to pigeonhole AI inventions using laws that did not foresee this technology frustrate innovation?

Join us for a discussion on thinking through AI/Software-related patents in U.S. courts.

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