2024 World IP Day – thank you to those who joined us!

TOPIC: AI Trends & Patent Protection

Plus an Exclusive discussion by USPTO


Program Abstract: Are you an inventor or researcher in the life sciences or medical device space looking to learn more about intellectual property issues? Life Science Washington Institute invites you to participate in the next Intellectual Property Symposium on April 26th. This free symposium offers an in-depth examination of IP topics, focusing on consequences for new businesses, developing industries, and established corporations.

We will explore the many facets of patentability throughout this symposium, illuminating the particular elements of your innovation that might or might not qualify for patent protection.

USPTO: Intellectual Property 101

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and/or trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session will cover:

  • What is the USPTO?
  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.

Keynote: The convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and pharmaceuticals has heralded a new era of drug development, promising groundbreaking innovations in treatment modalities. We will examine key AI trends such as machine learning and discuss their implications for patenting strategies and issues related to AI-generated drug inventions. This presentation also discusses the intricate regulatory landscape governing AI-generated drug innovations, exploring key FDA regulations, guidelines, and pathways applicable to their development, approval, and market entry, which are important for developers and stakeholders to advance AI-generated drug compositions from concept to commercialization, ultimately advancing patient care and therapeutic outcomes.



10:45 am Registration Opens (in-person attendees)

11:00 am USPTO: Intellectual Property 101 (via zoom) presented by Wade Miles and Ali Soroush, USPTO

12:30 pm Break – Lunch

12:45 AI Trends & Patent Protection, presented by Patrick Njeim and Yifan Mao, KTS Law – in person

1: 30-1:45 pm Q&A and Wrap-Up

1:45- 2:30 pm Networking, Dessert

This event is free thanks to the generosity of Kilpatrick Townsend


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Speaker Bios: 


Patrick Njeim focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence matters, infringement and validity opinions, portfolio analysis, patent litigation, and post-grant proceedings. He represents clients in a wide range of technology areas, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, computer software and hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, networking, wireless communications, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical devices, and various related technologies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Njeim worked as an associate in the Seattle office of a national law firm. Previously, he worked for Boeing Commercial Airplanes for six years where he developed broad experience in systems engineering. In his most recent position with Boeing as Customer Engineer, Mr. Njeim managed airline accounts in Europe and Africa where he was responsible for negotiating, configuring, designing, and documenting airplane features, technologies, and systems specific to each airline.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law, Mr. Njeim teaches advanced courses in intellectual property. He also advises and mentors law students participating in independent study programs and law clinics, including the UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.


Yifan Mao focuses her practice on patent counseling, prosecution, and due diligence matters in the chemistry and life sciences industries, focusing on areas relating to diagnostics, large molecule therapeutics, devices, sequencing, and bioinformatics.

Yifan was a senior patent agent at an agriculture biotechnology company where she developed the company’s patent portfolio on genomics, bioenergy and trait improvement technologies before joining the firm. She held research positions at Genentech and Genencor International (now DuPont Industrial Biosciences) prior to her legal career.

Yifan is the Co-President of the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation, which supports the education of over 10,000 high school students. She previously served as the Foundation’s Grant Chair and Outreach Co-Chair.

Yifan was recognized as a Northern California “Rising Star” in 2024 and the six years immediately preceding for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. Her native language is Mandarin Chinese.

Yifan is a frequently invited speaker on topics related to various intellectual property issues and has lectured continuing legal education courses with organizations including TRTCLE and the Practicing Law Institute.


Wade Miles is a Primary Patent Examiner in Technology Center 3700 at the USPTO. He started at the USPTO in 2008, and he is currently serving as an Assistant Outreach Officer for the Silicon Valley Regional Office  As an examiner, he examines a wide

variety of medical devices for patentability, including stents, lancets, heart valves, and surgical robots. Wade has also served on numerous details within the USPTO, including details with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Technical Quality Assurance

Shop, and Patent Training Academy. Prior to joining the USPTO, he earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University.











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Current Perspectives Around the Convergence of Life Science and IT

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