AI Patents

AI Patents: Maximizing Protection and Licensing Value

Date: December 7 (Wednesday)
Time: Noon – 1:15 PM (ET)
Cost: $150 Members, $225 Non-Members

AI has permeated fields ranging from robotics to logistics to drug discovery through diagnostics and numerous others. AI can even replace and augment the work of human inventors. One intrepid innovator has filed patents around the world naming his AI software as the sole inventor.  

Patenting and monetizing AI presents unique challenges and opportunities over and above those challenges posed by conventional software. AI’s use and ability to solve problems across industries and technical fields raises difficult choices about how to write and claim AI patents. Furthermore, how to write and claim patents to support monetization? 

In the webinar, the co-presenters will engage in a hypothetical dialogue between a university licensing officer and an outside patent attorney discussing an AI innovation that the university is considering for patenting.  They will explore questions including: whether the innovation is patentable, how to frame the claims for maximum licensing value, whether to divide the claims into multiple applications, and how the claiming format supports identifying licensing partners.  The discussion will focus on practical issues raised by AI which could otherwise easily be overlooked, in a format that is designed to emulate the day-to-day challenges that universities face when patenting and licensing innovations in AI.

Learning Objectives
  • Determine whether to pursue patent protection for AI innovations
  • Discover how to frame AI patents for maximum licensing value
  • Understand how to spot AI-specific issues for patenting and licensing to avoid pitfalls


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Speaker Bios

John Brenner
Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing
Rheonix, Inc.




John Brenner has worked in various capacities advising, creating and managing new ventures for over 20 years.  As a result he has developed expertise in major aspects of business development including financing, intellectual property, joint ventures, product development, collaborative research, product distribution, material supply and transaction diligence. Mr. Brenner has worked in a wide array of technology areas such as biotech, high tech, ag tech, food tech and 3D metal printing among others.  Currently, Mr. Brenner is the Vice President for IP Management & Licensing at Rheonix, Inc. where he was a member of the founding team which spun out of Kionix, Inc. in 2009.  Mr. Brenner joined Kionix, Inc. in 2007 as the Vice President of Microfluidics.  Along with his role at Rheonix, Mr. Brenner provides advisory services to select clients on a project-by-project basis.  Prior to Kioinx, Mr. Brenner was a senior technology manager at Cornell University’s technology licensing office, CTL, where he managed commercialization of drug delivery, diagnostic devices, food science and other analytical inventions developed by Cornell’s research faculty. Mr. Brenner was the founder and president of Aureus Inc., specializing in financial and organizational solutions for technology-based companies.  Mr. Brenner is a member of the Licensing Executives Society since 1999 and he was among the first class of Certified Licensing Professionals.  Mr. Brenner holds a B.S. in plant science from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in science education from Syracuse University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Robert Plotkin
Founding Partner
Blueshift IP




Robert Plotkin is a patent attorney who has been specializing in software patents for over 25 years.  Leading universities, technology companies, and law firms worldwide turn to him to obtain patent protection for cutting-edge software in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, and speech recognition.  Attorney Plotkin is an MIT-educated computer scientist who focuses on maximizing the value of his clients’ patent portfolios. His clients have profitably sold and licensed the software patents he has obtained for them to major corporations worldwide.  Attorney Plotkin is also an innovator himself—he is a named inventor and owner of over 25 patents and patent applications, many of which have been licensed successfully.  Long before AI patents became a hot topic, Attorney Plotkin wrote a book on AI-generated invention entitled, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2009.  He uses the strategies that he described in that book to obtain and enforce AI patents for his clients.  He has been named as an IP Trailblazer by the National Law Journal and as an intellectual property Super Lawyer. 

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