Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly advancing field of technology that is being explored and deployed in a wide range of applications. Indeed, there are very few industries that are not currently being impacted by AI, from bioinformatics and drug discovery to autonomous vehicles to financial services. At the same time, securing an IP position over AI technology involves a myriad of challenges.

Our AI team is made up of experts with the technical and legal expertise required to secure patent rights in this often complex technology area. We are adept at designing IP protection strategies that are tailored to your industry. From navigating the evolving landscape of subject matter patentability, focusing on the features of your AI project that are likely to be patentable, to crafting enforceable claims to protect high-value subject matter, our AI team has the experience and expertise to get results.

We advise both local and international clients across a spectrum of industries, spanning manufacturing and processing, the physical sciences, computer software, computer hardware, medicine and life sciences, to achieve successful outcomes.

FPA Patent Attorneys technical range of expertise includes:

  • Training data generation
  • Neural network algorithms and data structures
  • Medical image analysis and diagnostics
  • Processor architectures

The attorneys at FPA regularly work with AI innovators to identify the aspects of AI projects that are protectable by patents. Much of the current generation of AI technology involves “machine learning”, where an AI model is built through training a computational neural network on a set of training data. Once built, an AI model takes new data as input and produces an output that is relevant to the area of application.

Our AI team has particular expertise in the healthcare domain. For example, we have worked with clients in the radiology and dermatology spaces, where AI is deployed by training neural networks on medical imaging datasets to produce AI models that can recognize (and essentially diagnose) diseases and conditions from input images. Other examples include the chronic disease management space, where AI is used to automatically generate treatment plans.

We have focused patent filing programs on neural networks that embody novel mathematical underpinnings to improve network performance across a disparate range of datasets. We are thoroughly acquainted with how subject-matter eligibility standards apply to such inventions in all major jurisdictions. We aim to draft patent claims that can stand up to scrutiny by the Patent Offices that apply the most exacting requirements. Further, we have developed prosecution strategies that give our clients the best chance of overcoming some of the most challenging objections that can arise during examination.

We have also assisted clients in developing patent filing programs around techniques for generating the initial datasets that are used to train neural networks and build AI models. The paucity of quality training data is an issue in industries as varied as mining/construction and healthcare. We have worked across the spectrum of industry sectors to secure patent protection over our clients’ unique technology solutions.

The rise of AI has also spurred innovation in the computer hardware architectures on which neural networks are trained and AI models deployed. We collaborate with clients in the hardware industry to secure patent protection. For example, we have expertise in drafting patent specifications directed to the topology of specialized AI application-specific integrated circuits.

FPA Patent Attorneys – our expertise in action

FPA Patent Attorneys undertakes invention capture, drafting, prosecution and portfolio management to protect AI inventions for universities, start-up companies and established local and global players.

We assemble cross-disciplinary teams to service the needs of clients, for example in the healthcare industry, where we leverage our capabilities in both AI and in more traditional life science technologies.