Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Invention Disclosures

POSTED BY John Cronin AT 2:59 P.M. April 6, 2018

The Evolution from Elimination
to Aggregation to Automation

John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, and Jacob Rosen, Chief Executive Officer and Matt Osman, Chief Technology Officer of Legit are co-authors of “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Invention Disclosures“. Below are excerpts from the paper.


Artificial Intelligence (AI), when implemented correctly, uses humans’ biggest weakness to its advantage: the management and analysis of huge quantities of data. Confronted with several million documents all containing different information, a legal practitioner’s first goal will be to reduce that to a reasonable level. That is often what previous workflow technology has been previously used for, particularly in the legal realm. Document management systems filter by date, author and keywords, RSS feeds show only news stories pertaining to an attorney’s current cases and even the “find” function on PDFs documents help you ignore most of the target document. The performance of these tools does not improve when the amount of data it is tasked with handling increases, in fact in most cases it declines.


The “Evolution process” to get to an AI disclosure writer, takes us from efficiencies of elimination to aggregation to automation, but artificial intelligence algorithms to be used in invention disclosure writing cannot be realized without carefully understanding the resultant “legal document” that is supported by the many data assets (data corpuses). We have suggested here that there is an overwhelming need for AI in the IP Department, of which invention disclosure is a perfect first realization of this artificial intelligence. The journey of improvements in invention disclosure documentation from history, the IBM Patent Factory of the 1990’s, to today, still shows many issues left to improve speed, quality and relevance of the invention disclosure, the least of which is augmented the inventor with patent attorney skills.

We compared the static invention disclosure to an attorney interview to an AI based augmentation for the invention disclosure and found AI really is the future for all the issues to improve the process. Some of the areas to date, already seeing improvements are (1) AI based Thematic Inquiry of the invention disclosure, (2) AI based prior art for enhancement of the invention disclosure, (3) AI based enhancement of the categorization of the disclosure and (4) AI based enhancement to eliminate willful infringement issues. But we are just at the beginning as our “Invention Disclosure Hype curve” explains, with many future opportunities, all the way to the future AI invents itself.

Read the full article.

Legit is an early-stage tech company that applies AI to the legal space, focusing on intellectual property.

ipCapital Group is a leading Innovation and IP Strategy firm, in Williston Vermont, with 20 years in business and serving over 800 clients, 15% of the F500 to date.