Fortifying the IP War Chest with Patent Automation Tools

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 50 minutes
Recorded Date: February 05, 2020
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  • Priming up on the solution landscape in patent automation
  • Case studies where automation is being successfully adopted in the preparation of patent applications & prosecutions
  • Automation & its limitations
  • The business case for automation in patent laws

Runtime: 50 minutes
Recorded: February 5, 2020


In this session, we will explore the proliferation of automated workflow tools in patent drafting & prosecution. Case studies will detail how patent lawyers are successfully leveraging these tools, as well as some of the limitations and hype surrounding automation. We will also examine the downward economics of depleting patent law practices, and how automation can be utilized to revamp workflow & revenues.

This program was recorded as part of's Legalweek Conference on February 5th, 2020.

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Steve Gong

Head of Patent Operation, Technology and Tactics

Steve Gong is the Head of Global Patent Operations, Technology, and Tactics at Google. His team is responsible for process management, outside counsel engagement and management, technical infrastructure and tooling including building new toolings, systems, and data solutions to enable Google Global Patents to manage one of the world’s largest patent portfolios.

Steve received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis., Bachelors in Science in Bioengineering from University of Illinois and Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Zach Warren

Editor-in-Chief, Legaltech News
ALM Media, LLC

Zach Warren is the editor-in-chief of Legaltech News, a national brand of ALM Media. In his role, Zach helps explore the intersection of law and technology, leading one of the premier outlets for legal technology news and analysis while also writing and editing both feature and daily articles for's network of magazines, including The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel.

Before LTN, Zach worked at InsideCounsel magazine and sports analytics startup numberFire. He currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has received his MBA from the University of Minnesota and undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

Karen Hourigan

Morgan Lewis

Karen O. Hourigan is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s eData practice. She focuses on electronic discovery, information governance, compliance, and data privacy across practice groups within the firm, including counseling clients on preservation, collection, data processing, document review, privilege claims, and production-related strategies. Karen has more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and has been an integral team member for special master and expert witness engagements focused on ediscovery and information governance.

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