Broadcast Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2023
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Inventions involving artificial intelligence (AI) continue to raise challenges for patentability of AI-related inventions. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected an attempt to name an AI system as the sole inventor on a patent application. In light of this and the rapid development of AI systems, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requested public comments on a wide range of topics relating to AI and the patent system. In addition, AI raises difficult questions about whether AI-related inventions qualify as patentable subject matter, how to describe AI-related inventions in ways that satisfy the written description and enablement requirements, and how to demonstrate that AI-related inventions are nonobvious.

These and other developments underscore the need for patent owners and businesses alike to stay updated with emerging regulatory trends and take proactive measures against improper inventorship.

Listen as experienced patent attorneys Robert Plotkin (Blueshift IP) and Orlando Lopez (Culhane Meadows Haughian & Walsh PLLC) provide a comprehensive discussion of the current and emerging patent policies and procedures for AI-related inventions. Speakers, among other things, will provide practical tips and strategies for navigating this ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Key topics include:

  • AI Patents: Latest Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • AI-related Inventions and Patentability Challenges
  • Inventorship Issues Impacting Patent Litigation
  • Best Practices to Mitigate Legal Risks
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast



General knowledge of patent laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Law Practice Management


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Robert Plotkin, Software Patent Lawyer & Founding Partner
Blueshift IP

Robert Plotkin has been a patent attorney specializing in software patents for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the boutique patent firm, Blueshift IP, located in Cambridge, MA. Robert is an MIT-educated computer scientist and uses his combined expertise in patent law and computer science to maximize the value of his clients’ patent portfolios in the US and worldwide.

Attorney Plotkin has unique experience in the application of patent law to AI-related innovations. For example, he wrote the first and only book on the impact of AI on patent law, entitled, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2009. You can also find the white paper that he recently wrote on the impact of AI on the patent system at Blueshift IP’s website.  Robert uses his in-depth knowledge of patent law and AI technology to obtain broad, strong, and defensible AI patents for his clients worldwide.

Orlando Lopez, Partner
Culhane Meadows Haughian & Walsh PLLC

Dr. Orlando Lopez concentrates on helping his clients, which range from individual inventors to large multinational corporations and universities, identify and protect their intellectual property and build their patent portfolios. Orlando has over twenty-five years of experience at various high technology companies, including Polaroid, Data General, Control Data, and Science Applications, as a technical manager, program manager, engineer and researcher. His experience spans from managing product design projects, managing complex research teams involving software, IC design, optics, mechanics and electronics to being an active researcher in areas from magnetic and optical recording and electromagnetic effects to imaging science.

He has drafted and prosecuted over 300 U.S. patent applications in diverse areas of technology such as nanotechnology, optics, quantum cryptography, software, machine learning (AI), business methods, software, telecommunications, wireless applications, electronic imaging, mechanical and physical devices. He Co-authored an amicus brief that was submitted to U.S. Supreme Court for Bilski vs. Kappos, a patentable subject matter case.


Segment 1:

Robert Plotkin, Software Patent Lawyer & Founding Partner

Blueshift IP

  • A framework for identifying patentable aspects of AI-related inventions
  • Patenting innovations involving large language models (LLMs)
  • Satisfying the written description and enablement requirements for AI-related inventions
  • Potential implications of the USPTO’s requests for comments on AI

Segment 2:

Orlando LopezPartner

Culhane Meadows Haughian & Walsh PLLC

    • Review possible claims and invention areas
    • ML and patentable subject matter
    • ML and functional claiming (112 – indefiniteness)
      • Why functional claiming
      • History of functional claim starting with SCOTUS Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Co. v. Walker to Williamson to latest Fed. Cir. Opinion
      • Aristocrat (algorithm provider structure)

Date & Time:

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Patent Lawyers and Consultants
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers/Consultant
  • Technology Lawyers
  • Chief Patent Counsel
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • VPs/Directors of Patent
  • VPs/Directors of IT
  • Licensing Managers
  • Patent Agents
  • Patent Examiners
  • Patent Managers
  • IT Managers
  • General Counsel


Robert PlotkinSoftware Patent Lawyer & Founding Partner
Blueshift IP
Orlando LopezPartner
Culhane Meadows Haughian & Walsh PLLC



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