2021 Fall Conference


Join us for C-IP2‘s Virtual 2021 Annual Fall Conference

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Wednesday, October 13, & Thursday, October 14

Featuring a Fireside Chat
with Keynote Speakers

GRIMES and JARON LANIER

Photo credit for Grimes: Brian Ziff | Photo credit for Jaron Lanier: Doug Menuez, Stockland Martel

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7.5 Hours VA CLE Confirmed

After decades of promises, AI is making headlines again, DeepMind can beat the best human players at nearly any board game, Autonomous vehicles are coming soon, AI can be an inventor (at least in some countries), the singularity is near. How much of that is true, what is AI currently capable of, and what is possible in the near term? Join us this October 13-14 at C-IP2‘s 2021 Annual Fall Conference as experts from industry and academia discuss the current state of AI, what is coming soon, the current laws regarding the protection of AI and IP, and what is necessary to keep pace with technology!

This year’s Annual Conference is structured around Professor Ryan Abbott’s forthcoming edited volume Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence, which is being funded in part by a C-IP2 Da Vinci Grant. Professor Abbott has assembled a top-notch group of scholars working in the field, a number of whom will present versions of their chapters at the Conference. Coupled with the dynamic pairing of Jaron Lanier and Grimes for the Keynote Conversation—moderated by C-IP2 Faculty Director, Professor Sean O’Connor—and industry leaders, the Conference dialogues will be informative and thought-provoking.

Join us for an exciting and informative event featuring panels covering the current state of the art in AI and how the various types of IP rights interact with AI in diverse and sometimes controversial contexts––such as authorship of AI-generated works, changing inventive step analysis, data and text mining exceptions, deep fakes, and more.

The conference will be streamed online via Zoom from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia. We hope to see you there!


CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference Program*

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT)

1:00 – 1:10 PM EDT  –  OPENING REMARKS

    • Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Senior Fellow for Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy | @cip2gmu
    • Joshua A. Kresh, Managing Director, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School | @cip2gmu
    • Prof. Sean M. O’Connor, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty Director, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy | @ProfSeanOConnor | @cip2gmu

1:10 – 2:10 PM EDT  –  WELCOME ADDRESS

    • Dr. Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey, Co-Chair, AI Subcommittee, AIPLA | @DrRyanAbbott

2:15 – 3:30 PM EDT  –  PANEL 1: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES

Lawmakers and regulators increasingly need to interact with issues surrounding law and technology but often without a consensus on what the technology is, how it operates, and what the risks and benefits are. Artificial intelligence in particular is often invoked in regulatory discussions but without clear understanding of what it can and cannot do. This panel will explore what AI can do now and what it may do in the future.

    • Dr. Harbir Antil, Founder, Director,Center for Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (CMAI), Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, George Mason University
    • Dr. Woodrow (Woody) Barfield, Associate Editor, Virtual Reality Journal, Senior Editor, Fundamentals of Wearable Computers and Augmented Reality
    • Susan Hallen, Sales and Delivery Associate Partner, AI Workflows Center of Competency, IBM Watson | @sahallen
    • Charles Kim, Director, Office of Petitions, USPTO
    • Moderator: Prof. Christopher M. Newman, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law | @cmn001

3:30 – 3:50 PM EDT  –  AFTERNOON BREAK

3:50 – 5:05 PM EDT  –  PANEL 2: THE ECONOMICS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Artificial intelligence increasingly augments or automates human activity, but what impact will this have financially on industry and on society? This panel will discuss issues surrounding competition and market dominance including AI output displacing people and issues regarding future of work and tax policy.

    • Mark T. Baker, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Warner Music Group
    • Brian R. Mills, Director, Assistant General Counsel, Capital One Ventures & Technology
    • Ian Slotin, Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property, NBCUniversal
    • Nicole A. Spence, Senior IP Attorney, IBM
    • Moderator: Prof. Donald Kochan, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Deputy Executive Director, Law and Economics Institute (LEC) | @DonaldKochan | @MasonLEC
5:05 PM EDT  –  CONFERENCE ADJOURNS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT)

9:15 – 10:30 AM EDT  –  PANEL 3: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE LIFE SCIENCES

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform radically the way lifesaving products are developed and approved––from speeding up drug discovery and reducing costs associated with clinical testing to finding new uses for existing drugs using big data. This panel will explore whether and to what extent our system is set up to maximize AI’s potential in this industry.

    • Trevor Cook, Partner, WilmerHale
    • Esther W.B. Bleicher, Chief Counsel, Therapeutics and Product & Technology, Valo Health
    • Corey Salsberg, Vice President, Global Head IP Affairs, Novartis | @CoreySalsberg
    • Derek Scott, Associate General Counsel, Genentech
    • Moderator: Prof. Mark Schultz, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chair in Intellectual Property Law, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology, Akron Law | @markfschultz1

10:30 – 10:50 AM EDT  –  MORNING BREAK

10:50 AM – 12:05 PM EDT  –  PANEL 4: OWNING AI AND PROTECTING AI OUTPUT

What happens when you have artificial intelligence output without a traditional human author or inventor? A series of legal test cases have raised these challenges in jurisdictions around the world. This panel will discuss whether intellectual property protections are necessary or desirable for these outputs, as well as practical considerations for obtaining them. It will also discuss issues associated with intellectual property protection of AI itself.

    • Dennis Crouch, Associate Professor, University of Missouri School of Law, Author and Editor, Patently-O Patent Law Blog | @patentlyo
    • Prof. Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School | @DanielGervaisIP
    • Prof. Sang Jo Jong, Seoul National University School of Law | @snuclt
    • Prof. Arti Rai, Duke University School of Law, Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy | @rai_arti
    • Laura Sheridan, Senior Patent Counsel & Head of Patent Policy, Google
    • Moderator: Prof. Eric Claeys, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Senior Fellow for Scholarly Initiatives & Senior Scholar, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy

12:05 – 1:45 PM EDT  –  BREAK

1:45 – 3:00 PM EDT  –  PANEL 5: TRADEMARK LAW AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform trademark law and practice by facilitating the generation of new brands and IP, changing the way we search for infringing and confusing activities, automating the role of the consumer, and changing the way that buyers engage with brands. This panel will explore the impact of this phenomenon on trademark law and how the law should respond.

    • Prof. Sonia Katyal, Haas Distinguished Chair, University of California – Berkeley School of Law, Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
    • Anke Moerland, Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, Maastricht University Faculty of Law | @AnkeMoerland
    • Joshua L. Simmons, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP | @joshualsimmons
    • Matt Stratton, Associate General Counsel & Director (Head of IP), Snap Inc.
    • Moderator: Amanda Compton, Director, Bar Support, Instructor, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School | @ProfCompton

3:00 – 3:20 PM EDT  –  AFTERNOON BREAK

3:20 – 4:35 PM EDT  –  PANEL 6: TECH POLICY IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Regulators around the world are struggling with how to adopt human centric rules into frameworks that make sense for activity involving artificial intelligence. This panel will consider the state of regulatory advances, approaches, and developments in different jurisdictions and how society can deal with some of the overarching opportunities and challenges posed by AI.

    • Maj. Andrew Bowne, Chief Legal Counsel, Department of the Air Force/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, PhD Candidate, Artificial Intelligence, Defense, Law & Policy, University of Adelaide
    • Kate Gaudry, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    • Prof. Daryl Lim, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Director, Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law  | @lawlancer
    • Moderator: Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, National Security Law & Policy Program, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School | @jamil_n_jaffer

4:35 – 4:45 PM EDT  –  BREAK

4:45 – 5:45 PM EDT  –  KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT

    • Grimes, music producer, songwriter, singer, and innovator in the digital and AI art space | @Grimezsz
    • Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, artist, and author
    • Moderator: Prof. Sean M. O’Connor, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty Director, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy | @ProfSeanOConnor | @cip2gmu

5:45 – 5:55 PM EDT  –  CLOSING REMARKS

    • Prof. Sean M. O’Connor, George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty Director, Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy | @ProfSeanOConnor | @cip2gmu

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