Bloomberg Law
Dec. 31, 2018, 10:45 AM

AI Speeds Patent Process, But Robot Attorneys Still a Ways Off

Malathi Nayak
Malathi Nayak

Marc Kaufman typically needs 20 hours to create one patent application for a software innovation. But the Washington-based patent attorney says he’s saving valuable time with a little high-tech help.

Kaufman, a partner at Rimon PC, has been using an artificial intelligence tool called Specifio that analyzes claims—words that define an invention—and generates a bare-bones draft with a description and illustrations in a couple of minutes. He says the tool he started using six months ago has given him five extra hours to fine-tune his clients’ applications to boost their likelihood of approval.

“Saving hours allows me to really understand ...

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