Building value in AI development through IP

Brought to you by The Artificial Intelligence Group, The Legal Group

Have you considered protecting your AI inventions? Join us for up-to-date practical advice on the value of a patent portfolio in the ever-changing world of AI.

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About the event

As more and more companies incorporate AI into their R&D programs, this session aims to help you understand how to protect developments in this area.  Join us for a practical workshop delivered by Appleyard Lees to discover what can be patented in the ever-changing world of AI. We hope to help your business succeed in the current environment. 

Experience is a great teacher, so you will hear from Phil Claridge at Mandrel Systems, one of CW's AI SIG Champions, about various IP issues and crossover questions that companies may face in machine learning, AI and the legal domain.

Data is a key element for a successful implementation and Mark Pearce from Mills & Reeve will discuss important issues associated with data. 

A less well-explored option for adding value is IP insurance and Hanna Beaumont from La Playa will give insights into how to enforce your IP rights.   

There will be also networking over drinks afterwards.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWLegal.

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:30

CW welcome and introduction to Legal SIG and AI SIG

14:35

Welcome from Julia Gwilt, Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

14:40

'Everything you need to know about AI (but might be afraid to ask)': Phil Claridge, Mandrel Systems

With apologies to Woody Allen. This talk is provided in conjunction with the CW AI SIG. The talk will provide the briefest non-technical introduction and update on AI and machine learning, and will then focus on a whole series of crossover questions and issues between machine learning, AI and the legal domain. Topics to be covered include risk, reward, ownership, transparency, unexpected consequences and adversarial AI.

15:05

Q & A

15:10

‘How to patent AI inventions’: Julia Gwilt, Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

This workshop will introduce the key considerations when patenting inventions which use AI/ML and briefly explore the differences between the US and EP patent systems. All participants will then have an opportunity to review and discuss two cases in smaller groups so that everyone has a chance to see whether they could overcome the hurdles to patentability in each jurisdiction. We will then see whether the group agrees with the Examiner’s assessment of whether or not a patent should be granted for each case.

15:35

Q & A

15:40

Refreshments and networking

16:10

Mark Pearce, Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP

16:30

Q & A

16:35

'Whose idea is it anyway?' Hanna Beaumont, (FIRM) Director: Corporate at La Playa Science & Technology

With the USPTO coming out in favour of the algorithms governing AI and AGI being patentable, the value of the IP balance-sheet is at an all-time high. IP is hard-won, and in the race to market, infringement is an ever-present risk. Who needs their business to grind to a halt while they fight a cripplingly expensive infringement lawsuit? How can you enforce your own IP rights? What’s lurking in your contracts on IP? A quick and dirty guide to IP insurance and risk management in AI.

16:50

Q & A

16:55

Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion

17:25

Wrap-up

17:30

End of session followed by networking and refreshments

18:30

Event closes

Speakers

Hanna Beaumont - (FIRM) Director: Corporate at La Playa Science & Technology, La Playa

Hanna Beaumont is an insurance specialist for science and technology.  A Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management, she advises businesses from Cambridge start-ups to multi-national entities on managing risk and structuring insurance.  Risk exposures in the tech sector are evolving rapidly, and the law and regulators struggle to keep up with the pace of change.  Insurance is very much based on precedent, and in a disruptive arena like AI, there’s little precedence to work with – hence the importance of collaboration between entrepreneurs, specialist underwriters and brokers.  Swedish by birth, Hanna is also a qualified fitness instructor and enjoys running, golf and baking.

Phil Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.

Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

Mark Pearce - Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP

A pragmatic, commercially minded IP lawyer who works best in partnership with clients, identifying their aims and tailoring advice to best and most efficiently meet those aims. A tough negotiator and an aggressive litigator. A real team player and a popular team leader. Consistently ranked in the top tier of IP lawyers by both Legal 500 and Chambers directories. Specialties: Intellectual Property law, patent litigation, copyright litigation, trade mark litigation, licensing, technology transfer.

Howard Read

Having worked extensively both in industry on new products and in the academic sector before joining the patent profession, Howard understands the opportunities for - and the challenges to - growth. Howard not only appreciates the value derivable from intellectual property but also the cost due to the intellectual property of others. Howard very much regards intellectual property as a business tool, to achieve business objectives.  Howard is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. Howard is particularly keen on understanding how developments in legislation and case law impact businesses. Howard regularly represents in person before the European Patent Office, supporting Applicants, Proprietors and Opponents. As well as a BA (Hons) and MA in Natural Sciences, Howard also has a PhD in metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. In addition, Howard has a MSc in Computing and a LLM in Intellectual Property Law. Howard is fluent in both English and Portuguese, has published a number of articles in scientific journals and been named as inventor on several patents.  Howard has extensive computing experience, with applications encompassing atomic structures, bioinformatics for proteomics and metabolomics, real time feedback hardware control and 3D image analysis using technologies spanning from Bayesian neural networks to machine learning using Python. Particularly, Howard specialises in drafting and prosecuting computer-implemented inventions, often drawing upon his multi-disciplinary background.

SIG Champions

Laurent Brisedoux - Senior Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

Laurent has been heading the Amazon R&D team in Cambridge, part of the Lab126 organization, since its creation in 2014. His group is responsible for developing software for Amazon’s consumer electronic devices such as Cloud Cam, Echo Look, Echo Show and many more innovative products to come. Prior to that, Laurent was in charge of the development and productisation of imaging technologies at Broadcom. He joined the Broadcom Mobile Multimedia group in 2004 with the acquisition of Alphamosaic, one of the Silicon Fen ’success stories’. Laurent is also a junior angel investor and working with several technology startups in the Cambridge area.

Phil Claridge - Founder, Mandrel Systems

Phil Claridge is a ‘virtual CTO’ for hire within Mandrel Systems covering end-to-end systems. Currently having fun and helping others with large-scale AI systems integration, country-wide large scale big-data processing, hands-on IoT technology (from sensor hardware design, through LoRa integration to back end systems), and advanced city information modelling. Supporting companies with M&A ‘exit readiness’, due-diligence and on advisory boards. Past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and Technical Evangelist for Geneva/Convergys (telco), Arieso/Viavi (geolocation), and Madge (networking). Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron and a compiler to produce proof-of-concepts when required.

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Gunter Haberkorn - Senior Manager Product & Technology, Magna International

Gunter works in the Corporate R&D Department and has years of experience in complete vehicle engineering. He is looking into Product and Technology trends within the automotive industry with a special interest in autonomy, mobility solutions, manufacturing and electrification and especially technologies which can support advancements in these areas.

Vaiva Kalnikaite - Director, Dovetailed

Vicky Schneider - Senior Scientific Program Manager, Amazon Cambridge Development Center

Currently Senior Scientific Program Manager at the Amazon Development Centre in Cambridge, UK. Vicky works in the Machine Learning Team and is involved in a variety of academic engagements around ML and AI, including outreach, education and training initiatives. Previously Deputy Director of EMBL Australian Bioinformatics Resource (www.embl-abr.org.au) and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Vicky remains an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is an academic visitor at the University of Cambridge where she collaborated with the Bioinformatics Training Team.  Before Australia, Vicky was at the Earlham Institute (Norwich), as part of the Senior Management Team and Head of Training and Outreach which evolved to Head of Scientific Training, Education and Learning Division. In the previous years Vicky has been responsible for the strategic coordination and implementation of the EMBL-EBI’s User-Training programme which has pass now ten years and continues to provide training for the scientific users of the EMBL-EBI’s data services. Prior to joining the EMBL-EBI in 2007 Vicky held an Assistant Professor position at the University of Bern and the Institute for Aquatic Sciences (EAWAG) and postdocs at the University of Zurich and University of Rome (Torvergata). Vicky studied biology at the University of Rome and obtained her PhD on the evolution of sex at the University of Leiden (NL) and Lyon (France). Vicky has been extensively involved in the acquisition, management and implementation of funded research and training projects throughout her career.

Peter Whale - Founder, Vision Formers

Peter is founder of Vision Formers, a specialist consultancy that helps visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn their ideas into reality. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands. Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and co-leads its Artificial Intelligence special interest group.

Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

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Anthony Waller - Partner, CMS

Anthony Waller is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm's international Corporate team. Anthony has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years, advising established international companies on a variety of transactions and public company issues. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.

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