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Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the Art of Patent Searching

  • 10 Oct 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • APA Hotel Woodbridge, Room 208
  • 15


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Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the Art of Patent Searching


This workshop will explore the state of the art of Artificial Intelligence. The word patent originates from the Latin patere, which means "to lay open" (i.e., to make available for public inspection). Letters patent is an open document or instrument issued by a monarch or government granting exclusive rights.  Interestingly, grants included land patents, which were land grants by early state governments in the USA, and printing patents, a precursor of modern copyright.  Language matters and terms evolve.

There is an exponential growth of information for search and the examiner may be searching for related information to something that does not exist during patent prosecution.  Prior art search for patent prosecution is more similar to looking for a needle that did not already exist in an ever growing haystack, how can and/or will AI close the gap?

Split into 2 parts, the first section of the USPTO workshop will cover an overview of the current efforts at the USPTO in the area search.

Second, the workshop will focus on attendees providing thought leadership questions around the capabilities and applications of AI and patent searching.

Thomas A. Beach

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