Law and Technology

Applications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Patent Practice:

What You Need To Know + Ethical Considerations

Mar 31, 2021

Live Webinar

Past Event

MCLE Credit available, including Ethics Credit for Texas Lawyers

Details for connecting to the conference will be sent shortly before the event. Please email Brandon White with any questions.

1:00 pm - 2:40 pm (Central)

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

Details for connecting to the virtual conference will be sent shortly before the event.



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


ILT Advisory Board members may register tuition-free using the link provided to them.  If you have not received the link, please contact Brandon at

  • $100.00 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $75.00 - ILT Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $75.00 - AIPLA Member
  • $75.00 - Government Employee
  • $75.00 - Non-Profit Employee
  • $75.00 - Academic Employee

Schedule and Faculty

(All times shown are Central Time)

1:00 pm


  • Wendy Castellana, The Center for American and International Law


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

1:10 – 2:40 pm

AI & IP: A Moderated Panel Discussion (90 minutes, including 60 minutes Legal Ethics starting at 1:10)

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

2:40 pm


CLE 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. Course ID Number: 174114963.

This online program has not been approved for MCLE credit in any other jurisdictions. If requested by attendees, CAIL will request accreditation in California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Accreditation has not been sought or approved in these jurisdictions at this time. MCLE credit will not be requested in any other jurisdiction. 

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