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Chinh H. Pham is Co-Chair of the Emerging Technology Practice and is a registered patent attorney with experience in the strategic creation, implementation and protection of intellectual property rights for high technology and life science clients, including those in the areas of software, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, video gaming, nanotechnologies, medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, telecommunications, data mining, and electronic commerce.

Chinh advises clients, ranging from start-ups to public companies, on the creation, development, and management of patent portfolios, the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights, and identification of risks through intellectual property related opinions. Chinh also counsels clients on IP due diligence through the evaluation of client and competitor portfolios.

In addition, Chinh assists startup clients with strategies for leveraging their IP portfolio for high-value commercial opportunities, facilitating introductions to funding sources, as well as identifying and establishing strategic alliances.

Chinh has been recognized as a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, acknowledged as one of the “Top Emerging Tech Lawyer” by TechCrunch, named a leading IP Strategist by IAM Strategy 300, and honored as an “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business," by the Asian American Business Development Center.

  1. Increased Artificial Intelligence Use– Companies are continuing to find more and better uses for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve their deliverables, services, and productivity. We saw


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Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology are impacting mental health and wellness with tools that are right at the user’s fingertips. Innovators are developing new ways to bring these technologies
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Chinh H. Pham and Brian J. Assessor co-authored an article titled “5 Trends to Watch in 2021: Emerging Technologies.” Trends include digital health, agribusiness, batteries, data and privacy, and artificial
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The search for a vaccine for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus has put the spotlight once again on the innovative pharmaceuticals sector.  As pharmaceutical companies and innovators across the globe work diligently on a vaccine, many of these companies may be looking to protect their innovation. While patents have many benefits, in the face of a global health emergency, there are some key factors innovators should consider.

Timeline for Patent Registration

Patents can provide broad protection for invention and innovation.  They can also create a significant advantage in the marketplace. However, patent registration takes time and may require significant resources. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on average, it takes approximately 22 months to get patent approval.  This period may be shortened by taking advantage of one of the USPTO’s accelerated examination procedures and may be shortened by utilizing the USPTO prioritized examination option, where a final decision on patentability is made within 12 months from the filing date of the patent application.
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Most of us know that DATA, the beloved android from Star Trek, The Next Generation, is an artificial intelligence (AI) life form from the distant future with a high capacity to problem solve and innovate. But, if DATA were present today and invented a new technology, could he be an inventor on a patent for his invention?

The question of whether AI can legally be an inventor on a patent was recently addressed by the European Patent Office (EPO) and The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The same question is still being evaluated by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) along with solicitation for comments to the patent community.
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Everybody is talking about blockchain as a disrupter in the banking and finance industries, but this emerging technology also has potential application for intellectual property (IP) protection. Blockchain creates the potential for an “open, distributed ledger” that permits the secure transfer and recordation of information and data, including digital assets, without the need for middlemen. Once recorded, the data in any given “block” cannot be changed retroactively, except in certain circumstances involving the modification of all subsequent blocks and the consent of a network majority. These features make blockchain interesting for digital currencies. Additionally, blockchain presents other benefits for trademark, copyright and patent protection, as well as IP licensing. Below are a few uses that are currently being explored.

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In our Feb. 9th blog post, we highlighted some of the amazing technology being used at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While awe-inspiring, the use of these technologies can give rise to legal challenges that may need consideration.

AI, Robots and Drones – Oh My!

Artificial intelligence (AI) abounds at this year’s Winter Olympics, particularly in the form of robots and drones. South Korea has one of the highest concentrations of industrial robots in the world, so it’s no surprise that this Olympic host country is using 85 very different AI-enabled robots to do everything from greeting travelers and providing multilingual information on schedules, transport, and attractions, to carrying the Olympic torch. As part of the entertainment at the games, robots even competed in their own Olympic ski challenge this week. Drones are also taking center stage with elaborate light shows and filming techniques.

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