Law Seminars International Presents:

The 27th Annual Seattle Conference on

Technology Law & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Major developments including the increased use of Artificial Intelligence in products and the practice of law

December 6 & 7, 2018

Seattle, WA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

In-house and outside counsel, business executives, agency officials and consultants involved with developing, using, and protecting Intellectual Property for technology companies or with consumer protection issues arising from use of AI in operations and marketing

Why You Should Order

Big data, machine learning and new applications for artificial intelligence are revolutionizing technology businesses, academic research, and, increasingly, the practice of law. Hence this year's focus on AI as the major theme for the program.

Intellectual property has always been the core of this program. We will explore the extent to which AI will disrupt the legal framework for creation and enforcement of IP rights. How can you obtain a patent when there is no human inventor? Do you want to disclose your methods when keeping a trade secret can provide instant protection for the short term time frame for rapidly evolving technologies?

You will also hear updates on related areas of the law. There will be new consumer protection issues including privacy concerns and the potential for data collection practices to trigger antitrust enforcement actions. In addition, AI technologies are inextricably tied to privacy and security issues.

Our speakers are experts in their fields and are also engaging presenters. As an industry networking platform, this unique Seattle conference provides meaningful and valuable insights that will help you stay on top of the cutting edge issues for your industry.

We hope you will be able to join us for both the program and the reception at the end of the first day. Register now to reserve your seat.

~ Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq. of Crowell & Moring and Katherine C. Spelman, Esq. of Microsoft, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ AI and potential disruption of our legal framework for IP rights
  • ~ AI as a disruptive technology for the practice of law
  • ~ Developments at the intersection of AI, IP, and Tech law
  • ~ Emerging consumer protection concerns as companies roll out AI-enhanced products
  • ~ AI and privacy/security issues
  • ~ 3D printing with living cells in bioscience
  • ~ Trademarking medical cannabis products
  • ~ New ethical issues arising from the use of AI in the practice of law

What Attendees Said

  • "Interesting and varied topics - a taste of how complex the space is."
  • "Great and informative with truly impressive speakers."
  • "All speakers were outstanding. A big congratulations to LSI on coordinating such a great faculty and curriculum."
  • "I recommend the LSI December Tech Law Seminar. It's one of the best conferences that I have ever attended. Every speaker was excellent and every topic was current and the information provided is something that every practitioner needs to know."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Katherine C. Spelman, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Senior Copyright Counsel
Microsoft / Redmond, WA

Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring / Washington, DC

8:45 am

AI and Legal Ethics

Things to have in mind for the rest of the program: Duty of competency; unauthorized practice of law, and conflicts of interest from use of third party AI vendors

Jeanne Marie Clavere, Esq. , Professional Responsibility Counsel
Washington State Bar Association / Seattle, WA

9:45 am

AI and Our Legal Framework for Intellectual Property Rights

Areas of potential disruption: The need for a named inventor in patent applications; ownership of copyrights; ownership of AI-generated IP in joint ventures; managing ownership in commercial agreements; use of databases for training AI systems

Steve Tapia, Esq. , Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
Seattle University School of Law / Seattle, WA

10:30 am


10:45 am

AI as a Disruptive Technology for the Practice of Law: New Tools and Challenges for Tech Sector Lawyers

Case study: Preparation of patent and trademark applications using AI

Ian C. Schick, Ph.D., Esq. , CEO
Specifio / Marina del Rey, CA

Case study: Analyzing IP portfolios for the purpose of establishing value in M&A transactions using AI

Bernadette Bulacan, Esq. , VP of Marketing Development
Quant AI / Bellevue, WA

Key factors for a lawyer to consider in selecting AI tools

Charles P. Carter, Esq.
K&L Gates / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Substantive Developments at the Intersection of AI, IP, and Technology Law

Trade Secrets

Michael J. Songer, Esq.
Crowell & Moring / Washington, DC


Benjamin Glatstein, Esq. , Assistant GC -- Artificial Intelligence & Research
Microsoft / Redmond, WA

Joseph C. Gratz, Esq.
Durie Tangri / San Francisco, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Consumer Protection: Emerging Regulatory Concerns as Companies Roll Out AI-Enhanced Products

At the state level: The enforcement of state and federal privacy laws; State cooperation in investigations and enforcement actions; new privacy legislation

Andrea Alegrett, Esq. , Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Seattle, WA

At the Federal level

Charles A. Harwood, Esq. , Director, Northwest Region
Federal Trade Commission / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Crowell & Moring and Davis Wright Tremaine

Friday, December 07, 2018

8:30 am

Adapting Your IP Protection Strategies and Licensing Models to Disruptive Technologies

Obtaining protection and avoiding infringement claims; establishing the boundaries for where you can operate; new AI products vs. adding AI to an existing product

Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

Patents: Tips for Patent Practitioners

Layering big data, machine learning, and AI onto existing law for software and business method patents

James A. D. White, Esq.
VLP Law Group / Mercer Island, WA

10:00 am

Technology and Health Care in the Future

Case study of 3D printing with living cells in bioscience: How the technology works and legal challenges in clearing regulatory hurdles

Kenneth Church, Ph.D. , CEO
nScrypt / Orlando, FL

10:30 am


10:45 am

Trademarks: Exploring the Cannabis Pipeline

Global survey of trademarks in relation to medical cannabis products: The disparity of practice among countries as to how cannabis trademarks are treated from the US' mixed approach to Portugal/Israel acceptance to absolutely forbidden under country laws

Frances M. Jagla, Esq.
Lane Powell / Seattle, WA

11:15 am

Staying on Top of Privacy and Security

How technology, from cloud services to AI to IoT, is inextricably tied to privacy and security issues

Nancy Libin, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine / Washington, DC

12:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Teresa Stanek Rea, Teresa Stanek Rea, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Crowell & Moring. She is a former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as Acting and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.

Katherine C. Spelman, Katherine C. Spelman, Program Co-Chair, is Senior Copyright Counsel at Microsoft. She is a frequent speaker on cutting edge Intellectual Property issues in technology transactions.

Andrea Alegrett Andrea Alegrett is an Assistant Attorney General for the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office. She leads the Office's High Tech Unit.

Kraig L. Marini Baker Kraig L. Marini Baker is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.He assists clients with intellectual property licensing and operational contracts across the full range of issues in technology, innovation, media, entertainment, sports, advertising, privacy, and social media matters

Bernadette Bulacan Bernadette Bulacan is VP of Marketing Development at Quant AI. It uses advanced data science to unlock hidden patent relationships, proprietary portfolio analytics, and new market insights.

Charles P. Carter Charles P. Carter is a partner at K&L Gates.He has represented over 100 startup companies in connection with their formation and receipt of seed, angel and venture financing.

Kenneth Church, Ph.D., Kenneth Church, Ph.D., is the CEO of nScrypt, the micro-dispensing and 3D printing equipment arm of Sciperio Inc. It is the world's first commercially available bio printer.

Jeanne Marie Clavere Jeanne Marie Clavere is Professional Responsibility Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. She is the primary responder on the WSBA Ethics Line which handles almost 3000 calls a year from Washington State licensed legal professionals.

Benjamin Glatstein Benjamin Glatstein is Assistant General Counsel -- Artificial Intelligence & Research for Microsoft. He also supports the Copyright Group.

Joseph C. Gratz Joseph C. Gratz is a partner at Durie Tangri. He represented Google in the Google Book Search copyright cases and in the Rescuecom v. Google and Vulcan Golf v. Google trademark cases.

Charles A. Harwood Charles A. Harwood is Director of the Northwest Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission. He held the positon between 1989 and 2009 and then served as Deputy Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC, before returning to his present position.

Frances M. Jagla Frances M. Jagla is a shareholder at Lane Powell where she serves as the Intellectual Property Transactions Team Chair. She represents a range of companies in trademark issues, primarily in regulated industries.

Nancy Libin Nancy Libin is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chairs the Privacy & Security + Technology group. As a former chief privacy and civil liberties officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, she counsels clients across a variety of industries.

Ian C. Schick, Ph.D., is C Ian C. Schick, Ph.D., is C EO of Specifio. It provides a fully-automated patent drafting service that converts attorney-drafted software method claims into a first-draft specification, including system and method figures.

Michael J. Songer is a litigation partner at Crowell & Moring. His practice focuses on complex technology disputes in a wide variety of areas.

Steve Tapia Steve Tapia a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Seattle University School of Law. He has had substantial in-house legal experience in entertainment, broadcast, sports and high tech industries.

James A. D. White is a partner in VLP Law Group's Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice focuses on the domestic and foreign prosecution of computer-related patents, and also provides services in strategic planning and analysis of patent portfolios, patent validity and infringement opinions, and patent licensing.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 9.75 WA MCLE credits (including 1 ethics). Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.