May 3, 2023 Webinar CLE: AI and IP: Copyright and the New Frontiers of Generative AI, and Can AI Algorithms be Patent Inventors?

Topic: AI and IP: Copyright and the New Frontiers of Generative AI, and Can AI Algorithms be Patent Inventors?

Speakers: Please join us as speaker Dr. Christian E. Mammen gives a presentation on AI and its impact on intellectual property.

In the summer of 2019, the question of AI as inventor burst onto the scene with patent applications filed around the world on behalf of DABUS, an AI algorithm. While DABUS has (mostly) been denied status as an inventor, cases are still pending before the Supreme Courts of the US and the UK. The conversation has also led to important questions of IP rights for hybrid human-AI “collaboration.” In 2022, just as the AI-as-patent-inventor question started to look settled, major advances in generative AI (such as StableFusion, Dall-E, and ChatGPT) have opened a new chapter of equally vexing questions about AI and copyright law. These questions include not only the copyrightability of AI-generated works, but also the extent of protections for data used to train the AI algorithms. Copyright infringement suits by artists, photo-image managers, and software developers have been filed against generative AI companies. Dr. Christian E. Mammen will provide a practical and engaging overview of what is turning out to be a radical shift in the IP landscape.

Dr. Christian E. Mammen is a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson in San Francisco, where he is Office Managing Partner, national head of the IP Litigation team and a member of the firm’s Global Board. A native of La Grande, Oregon, Chris has practiced IP Litigation in the Bay Area for 25 years, where he settled after earning a doctorate in law from Oxford and clerking for Hon. Robert Beezer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle. Chris’ active litigation practice includes representation of companies in artificial-intelligence-related IP disputes. He also speaks and writes frequently on AI and IP related issues. Chris has held a number of academic positions, including ones at the University of Oxford, UC Hastings (now UC College of the Law, San Francisco), UC Berkeley Law School. His published works include “AI as Inventor” in The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence (Cambridge U Press 2022), and he serves on a number of IP-related advisory boards and committees, including the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Advisory Board, the Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute Steering Committee, Law 360’s 2020, 2021 and 2022 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Boards, and he previously served on the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s AI and Emerging Technologies Committee. Chris is also a co-founder and Executive Board member of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network. Chris received his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1993.

MCLE Credit: Applying for one (1) general credit from the Oregon State Bar

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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