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Patenting Considerations for Artificial Intelligence in Biotech and Synthetic Biology

By Terri Shieh-Newton, PhD, Marguerite McConihe

Artificial Intelligence (AI) inventions have aided development in nearly every industry, but perhaps none more so than synthetic biology. For synthetic biology researchers, AI has developed into a vital tool to create cutting edge applications. Growth is expected to accelerate with the AI healthcare market set to reach $6.6 billion by 2021, a 40 percent growth from its current size. Biotech and synthetic biology companies that use AI and investors in these companies should be aware of various legal aspects related to patenting.  This blog is part 1 of a multi-part series that explores various patenting considerations for AI in biotech and synthetic biology.

Recap of Federal Register Notice on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Patent Issues

By Marc T. Morley, Michael T. Renaud, Paul S. Brockland

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming important across a diverse spectrum of technologies and businesses. As AI grows in importance in business and technology, so too grows the number of patent applications and the potential for uncertainty. Therefore, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) must continue to ensure the appropriate balance in the administration of our IP system. To help achieve that appropriate balance, the USPTO recently published a notice to the Federal Register (“Notice”) posing questions regarding the intersection of patent law with AI.

Why You Need Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreements

By Daniel Marden

Protecting your company’s intellectual property rights is essential during all stages of your company’s growth.  One of the first steps you can take to protect your company’s intellectual property rights is to have all advisors, consultants, contractors and employees of your company enter into Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreements (“PIIAs”), also known as Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreements. 

Company “Branding” and the Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

By Susan Neuberger Weller

Selecting and protecting your “brand” should begin from the very moment a business is in the process of being formed, whether that business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or some other type of entity. It makes no difference whether the entity is a for-profit or not-for-profit organization, and the size of the entity is also irrelevant. Your “brand” is your public facing identity by which you will be known and through which your reputation will be developed. The goodwill you develop in your “brand” will be one of the most important and valuable assets you own.

Top Ten Reasons Why U.S. Trademark Searches are Important to Every Business

By Susan Neuberger Weller

The importance of a comprehensive trademark search for a new company name and for a new trademark cannot be overstated. It is vital that companies at all stages stay mindful of the pitfalls in naming any new product or component:

When Can You Claim A Color As Your Trademark?

By Susan Neuberger Weller

The explosion of social media and changes in traditional advertising and marketing methods have changed the way products and services are recognized. Promoting non-traditional trademarks such as a color, or other unique source indicators such as sounds, scents, flavor, and product shapes, may provide a fresh method to attract and entice a wider audience.