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Hindsight is 20/20: Approaches to Avoiding Some of the Top IP Legal Mistakes that Companies Make Today in View of Recent Technological Innovations and Trends

Intellectual Property continues to grow increasingly complex with the legal, regulatory, and technical landscape constantly evolving.  New developments in technology don’t fit squarely within the existing legal infrastructure which has fallen way behind the pace of innovation.  The wholesale movement from manufacturing to software as primary value drivers in the U.S. has not been met with significant changes in Intellectual Property legal guidance necessary to protect our country’s most valuable assets, for example.  These issues are compounded with the emergence of recent innovations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and biotechnology.  Moreover, the rapid growth of fast telecom networks, social media, and e-commerce have created substantial privacy concerns.  Given these concerns, mistakes are becoming more common in the early stages of obtaining legal protection on innovations and continue in the later monetization stages of litigation and technology transactions.  Whether your company is using Intellectual Property to keep others from pilfering your technology, expanding or creating new market opportunities, or generating returns from licensing, managing Intellectual Property requires a broad, deep, and flexible toolkit for the in-house counsel.

This comprehensive CLE program for the Association of Corporate Counsel Tampa Bay will feature updates on current Intellectual Property legal developments, present case studies highlighting best practices, and provide guidance on identifying and avoiding common pitfalls.  Some topics include:

- How to effectively mine technology innovations for Intellectual Property protection

- The lack of clear Intellectual Property guidelines in the U.S. for protecting software inventions

- Given the lack of clear legal guidance, this program will present approaches to determining whether to patent software and AI-implemented inventions or protect such inventions by other means

- Plugging the holes to prevent Intellectual Property leakage in tech transactions

- Practices that establish and maintain effective privacy