The USPTO recently released the report “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy”. The report is part of the USPTO’s effort to engage with the innovation community and experts on AI and to promote innovation of AI through appropriate intellectual property incentives. The report includes the analysis of nearly 200 responses received from individuals and organizations to federal notices published in August and October 2019 to solicit public comments on patenting AI inventions and the impact of AI on other areas of intellectual property policy. The USPTO requested feedback on issues such as whether current laws and regulations regarding patent inventorship and authorship of copyrighted work should be revised to take into account contributions other than by natural persons.
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Tessa J. Schwartz
Tessa Schwartz is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. She has an active technology transactions practice counseling companies on IP strategy and negotiating complex IP and commercial agreements, ranging from key patent licensing and technology procurement agreements to complicated development, joint venture, and distribution deals. She also regularly advises companies on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions. Her representative clients include Intel and Yahoo! Tessa is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US and was named to the Daily Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 list in 2009. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Clean Technology + Alternative Energy Group.
Describe your current practice. I counsel companies on intellectual property issues, and negotiate complex intellectual property and commercial agreements. I also advise clients on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions.
What do you love about your work? My job changes every day. Technology and business models are constantly evolving. That means my job never gets stagnant, the subject matter and the transactions themselves are changing, and I am always learning something new.
What makes MoFo special? Hands down it is all the smart and thoughtful people who work here and inspire loyalty in their colleagues and clients. More ›
Wendy J. Ray
Wendy Ray is a trial lawyer with experience in complex intellectual property and commercial matters. She has a long track record of successfully litigating the most complicated and challenging cases for her clients, whether by prevailing on summary judgement or securing a favorable jury verdict. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a range of high-technology patent matters involving semi-conductor chips, microelectromechanical systems, medical devices, video compression, video games, and software systems, along with various other technologies. Wendy has substantial experience representing both complainants and respondents before the International Trade Commission. She has also successfully litigated high-stakes trademark, copyright, trade secret, contract, and business disputes.
What do you like best about your work? I enjoy the breadth of technologies involved in my matters and learning about them. I also enjoy trial and the challenge of weaving the key facts and legal principles into a persuasive story for the jury.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love traveling around the world, experiencing different cultures, absorbing the history, and learning bits of new languages.
What’s been the key to your success? Having passion for my work. Understanding our clients’ needs and applying creative solutions to meet those needs. Leveraging the knowledge of my smart colleagues to work efficiently and effectively. More ›
Steinunn Gudmundsdottir is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s Technology Transactions Group.
Steinunn’s practice focuses on technology and intellectual property-related transactional matters, including negotiating and drafting license agreements, development agreements, SaaS, commercial agreements, M&A, and other investment transactions. Steinunn advises clients in a variety of sectors, including AR/VR, gaming, social media, software, semiconductors, consumer electronics, and e-commerce.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster LLP, Steinunn More ›