Thursday 7 March

Risks and Rewards of Using AI tools for IP work

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Start: Thursday 7 March 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 7 March 2024, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of interest in, and availability of, AI tools for the work we do as patent attorneys. The popularity and accessibility of ChatGPT in particular means many of us are considering using generative AI tools to help us, whether that’s to do patent drafting and prosecution work, preparing advice for clients, finding legal or technical information, marketing and article writing, analysing data, and so on.

It is inevitable that AI tools will become everyday tools for patent attorneys as they have many advantages, but it is advisable to perform a risk analysis before using them in the workplace.

In this webinar organised by CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee (CTC), Iain Russell and Helen Wallis will be discussing reasons why AI tools are advantageous and how they may help patent attorneys and paralegals, as well as some potential risks to be aware of, so that you can make an informed decision before using any such tools.




Helen Wallis, CMS

Helen Wallis, CMS

Helen Wallis is a partner in the patent team at International Law Firm CMS where she helps clients to protect their technology through patents. The patent filing and prosecution team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, LLP is band 1 ranked in Legal 500. She has an MA in Physics and before training as a patent attorney she worked as a Senior Research Engineer for Nortel Networks developing optoelectronic components, where she was named as inventor on a number of patents. Helen is a European and UK patent attorney and specialises in computer related inventions (both software and hardware) and telecommunications. Helen has extensive experience of patent drafting and prosecution before both the UK IPO and EPO, as well as advising clients on strategic aspects including portfolio management and filing programs. Helen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) computer technology committee and is mentioned in the IAM Patent 1000 CMS entry as being ‘thoughtful, articulate and decisive’.

Iain Russell

Iain Russell

Iain Russell is one of the leading voices on LinkedIn on potential uses of AI tools for IP professionals. He gave a webinar on “An Introduction To ChatGPT For IP Attorneys” in December 2023, for which over 1,000 people joined the LinkedIn webinar event page. He created a 2023 ‘Chatvent Calendar’, with 25 custom IP-related GPTs, ranging from a GPT that invents Christmas-themed inventions, to a GPT that suggests patent claim work-arounds. He has shared demonstrations of how online and offline AI tools can be used to generate (mediocre) patent specifications in a short amount of time, including a 45-minute demonstration using ChatGPT and several 5-minute demonstrations using GPT4ALL. Having his own IP practice, he is excited about the prospective rewards of using AI tools, but is also well-aware of the associated risks and considerations around doing so.

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