Advances in artificial intelligence and data analytics are impacting many industries from financial services to healthcare to communications. This rapidly changing environment is creating tremendous opportunity, and managing the relevant intellectual capital has never been more complex.

Join industry thought leaders and strategy-makers for this online meeting to explore and discuss how leading organizations are creating, protecting and monetizing AI as a form of IP.

Registration Fees

LES Members
Early (ends May 4)               $295
Late (May 5-12)                      $395

Early (ends May 4)               $445
Late (May 5-12)                      $545

Keynote Speaker

Vinay Iyengar

Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners

Vinay joined Bessemer in 2017 as an investor in the New York office. He spends his time exploring early-stage software and internet opportunities, with a focus on machine intelligence, infrastructure, marketplaces, and mobile.

His career in venture capital began at Clayton Christensen’s Rose Park Advisors where he led the firm’s exploration of machine intelligence. Previously, he spent time as a quantitative trader at Goldman Sachs, a machine learning engineer at Intel, and co-founded a Harvard Innovation Lab-backed enterprise software startup. He’s also conducted extensive cryptography research leading to two peer-reviewed publications.

Vinay is a graduate of Harvard where he studied computer science and economics. He occasionally blogs on The Vin Diagram, exploring his interests at the intersection of technology, investing, and policy.

Vinay Iyengar


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Vinay Iyengar, Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM

Panel One: Training Sets and AI: Identifying and Setting Up the Right Package to Monetize

Data is being generated at an alarming speed and is critical to the success of many organizations. Data types include proprietary information from commercial and industrial processes, customer data, data generated from AI and other analytics, sensitive personal data, and public data. Successful tools, products, and business models frequently require data from multiple sources resulting in combined and derived data sets.

The panel will explore issues around the creation, ownership and monetization of complex mixed data sets. A panel of IP owners from diverse industries will discuss strategies employed to optimize business outcomes while protecting sensitive data and privacy.

Moderator: Charles Macedo, Partner, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP


  • Alain Briancon, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Cerebri AI
  • Kevin Cranman, Business, Technology and IP Lawyer, Kevin Cranman, LLC
  • Laura Himelstein, Assistant General Counsel, EXL Service
  • Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group, LLC

Panel Sponsor: Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

1:35 PM – 1:45 PM


1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel Two: Owning What AI Creates

On August 1, 2019 the University of Surrey issued a press release claiming that it was pursuing US and European patent protection for the world’s first AI invention. Shortly thereafter on August 21, 2019, the USPTO promulgated a “Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions”, and in October 2019 expanded the RFC to include examination of copyright, trade secret, and trademark protections for works and outputs generated by AI. While some believe that AI technology is a long way off from creating inventions or works without intervention or involvement by humans, businesses and governing bodies are preparing now for the day when the creative genius in their midst is comprised of zeros and ones.

We will discuss the challenges facing the scope of patent, copyright, and trade secret protections, and techniques for using licensing terms to protect against gaps in IP protections. Our panelists will discuss the state of the AI ecosystem across several industries, and trends to look out for as the AI economy continues to evolve.

Moderator: Chad Rutkowski, Partner, Baker Hostetler


  • Dean Alderucci, Director of Research, Center for AI and Patent Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Stephen A. Holzen, CLP, Director, Dispute Consulting, Stout Risius Ross, LLC
  • Elizabeth Lester, Assistant General Counsel, IP, Equifax

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Panel Three: Extraction of Value from IP Created by AI

Behind the legalities of ownership and protection lies the driving factor for companies investing in AI – the value of IP created by AI. Panelists from a variety of industries will discuss valuation models for the IP, field of use restrictions and permission requirements in contracts for licensing or sale of IP, and commercialization strategies.

Moderator: Terry Bray, Director of Technology Licensing, Georgia Tech Research Corporation


  • Deven Desai, Attorney/Associate Professor, Georgia Tech
  • Amir Ghavi, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • DJ Nag, Chief Investment Officer, Ventech


Amster Rothstein & Ebensterin
Baker Hostetler


Dean Alderucci

Dean AlderucciDean Alderucci is the Director of Research for the Center for AI & Patent Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University, the world’s first research center devoted to developing AI for the patent domain. In this position he conducts and leads original research in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning algorithms that are tailored to the unique challenges of patent law and practice. This work includes developing AI software that better understands patents, patent claims, patent prosecution tasks, patentablity requirements, and patent practice work flows. Much of this research involves translating aspects of patent law, patent prosecution, and legal reasoning into novel data sets, neural network architectures, and algorithm training strategies.

Dean frequently speaks on applying AI to the IP field and to the legal domain. He also advises corporations and law firms on best practices for implementing Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing technologies, and on creating customized AI tools for the legal domain.

He was previously Chief IP counsel for a global financial services firm, and before that Chief Counsel for a business incubator. He has taught graduate courses in innovation strategy, Intellectual Property, and Natural Language Processing at the University of Chicago, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Dartmouth College. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Charles R. Macedo

Charles MacedoCharles R. Macedo, a physicist by training, uses his comprehensive patent experience to tackle the most important and complex developments affecting IP strategy today, including subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, divided infringement under § 271, and navigating PTAB and PTO proceedings. He has been counsel on amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in the influential subject matter eligibility cases decided in the past few years, including Alice, Mayo, Myriad, and Bilski.

Mr. Macedo is considered an authority on IP issues, and writes prolifically and lectures regularly as he tracks and analyzes in real time the most important developments affecting IP strategy and litigation. He is consistently at the forefront of complex and emerging patent issues in the financial services and transaction processing industries. Clients ranging from international banks, broker dealers and new business ventures call on Mr. Macedo to develop patent strategies, prepare patents, assert rights and defend against infringement claims.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from The Catholic University of America and a law degree from Columbia Law School, all with honors. He was the sole law clerk to Hon. Daniel M. Friedman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1989–1990. The recipient of the prestigious AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award, Mr. Macedo is included in Super Lawyers, IP Stars and Million Dollar Verdict. He also was a member of the Editorial Board for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice published by Oxford University Press.

DJ Nag

DJ NagDr. Dipanjan “DJ” Nag is currently the Chief Investment Officer leading the ventures group at Ventech Solutions. With a $800M+ contract with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Ventech is one of the largest providers of information technology services in healthcare to the US federal government. In this role, he invests in both internal and external technologies and collaborating with Central and Eastern European start-up ecosystems.

As an entrepreneur he led a number of start-ups in the intellectual property strategy, artificial intelligence, and medical device space. He has successfully assisted capital raise for many start-ups. As a consultant in patent monetization and intellectual property strategy he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, universities, and national governments. He was the Associate Vice President at The Ohio State University and Executive Director at the Office of Technology Commercialization, Rutgers University. DJ was Vice President at ICAP Ocean Tomo, a subsidiary of ICAP Plc, a $2B+ publicly traded company. Prior to that as a director at Ocean Tomo, he led patent auctions, IP markets, and was an inventor of the first IP exchange (IPXI).

He served on the Board of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) responsible for professional development globally (2012–2014). He led the global education program as the Sr. Vice President at the Licensing Executive Society (LES). In 2019 he was selected by the Intellectual Asset Management magazine (IAM) as one of the top 300 IP strategists globally. In 2005, he received the Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer.

He is currently a professor of practice at Rutgers University and visiting faculty at Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has delivered keynote addresses in USA, Japan, Poland, Brazil, Korea, Turkey, and many other countries on topics of technology commercialization, intellectual property, and innovation strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry and instrumentation, an MS in chemistry and computer sciences, an MBA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chad A. Rutkowski

Chad RutkowskiChad Rutkowski’s practice focuses on the intersection of copyright and technology. He assists clients in the midst of the “digital transformation,” helping them identify and capture the intellectual property (IP) in their valuable data, algorithms, and enterprise software. Clients rely on him to help identify their IP, to build internal processes for its management, navigate open source and other open innovation strategies, and to create licensing programs that enable full value realization. He further protects that value in disputes and litigation, whether through enforcing his clients’ IP rights or fending off attacks by competitors.

Chad is the principal author of the firm’s Beyond Source Code web tool, which digests all court decisions addressing the scope of copyright protection in the non-literal elements of source code. Chad writes and presents regularly on the robust protections afforded by copyright law to software, data, artificial intelligence, and related innovations. He has helped his clients protect innovations in healthcare technology, water management, smart cities, population health management, and online consumer lending.

Chad’s interest in how IP law has adapted to digital transformation began in his former role as a founder and business manager of a digital media publisher. Drawing from his professional and legal experiences, he co-leads the firm’s Technology & IP Transactions and Outsourcing practice team and contributes regularly to the firm’s IP blogs. Additionally, he is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the ABA IP Law Section. Chad is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and Rising Star.

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