Law and Technology

Recorded Event: Applications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Patent Practice:

What You Need To Know + Ethical Considerations

Recorded Event

CLE Credit Available

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This program focuses on the ethical requirement for technical competency, educating IP attorneys about Artificial Intelligence.

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Sharon A. Israel
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Houston, Texas


Stephanie M. Curcio
Co-founder & COO
Toronto, Canada

James B. Devaney
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Kansas City, Missouri

Matthew W. Such
Group Director, Technology Center 2800
United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • $100.00 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $75.00 - ILT Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $0.00 - ILT Advisory Board Member
  • $75.00 - AIPLA Member
  • $75.00 - Full-time U.S. State or Federal Government Employee
  • $75.00 - Full-time U.S. Non-Profit Employee
  • $75.00 - Full-time U.S. Academic Employee

Agenda and Faculty


  • Sharon A. Israel, Partner: Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Houston, TX

AI & IP: A Moderated Panel Discussion (90 minutes, including 60 minutes Legal Ethics)

Moderator: Sharon A. Israel


  • Stephanie M. Curcio, Co-founder & COO: Legalicity, Toronto, CA
  • James B. Devaney, Partner: Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Kansas City, MO
  • Matthew W. Such, Group Director, Technology Center 2800, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mr. Devaney (Legal Ethics: 30 minutes)

  • Introduction to AI generally, the promises of AI, and AI in the legal field
  • Discussion of the Duty of Competence
  • Understanding AI + Example AI application
  • Discussion of the Duty of Independent Judgment
  • Discussion of the Duty to Communicate
  • Q&A

Ms. Curcio (Legal Ethics: 30 minutes)

  • Overview of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning technologies and their applications to patent practice
  • Discussion of the Duty of Supervision
  • Overview of patent technology landscape, identifying areas of innovation and examples of companies that are operating in each vertical
  • Examples of how certain tools work
  • Best practices in leveraging AI tools most effectively
  • Discussion of the Duty of Confidentiality
  • Latest developments in AI research - what to expect in 2021 and beyond
  • Q&A

Mr. Such (30 minutes)

  • Discussion of USPTO initiatives to adopt AI tools as part of examination
  • Discussion of some of the ethical concerns the USPTO must address in adopting AI tools
  • Q&A

CLE Credit

Please note that some jurisdictions require confirmation of participation via online prompts. Therefore, you should pay attention to the screen during the program and respond to all MCLE Verification prompts to ensure you will be eligible for the full amount of MCLE credit.

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 1.5 hours, of which 1 credit hour will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit. CLE accreditation for this recorded program will expire. If you take this course, you must complete it and report your MCLE credit to the State Bar of Texas on or before 7/31/2023 to receive credit.

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