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AI + IP: How Artificial Intelligence Enhances Patent Applications

Portrait of Bao Tran, patent attorney and CEO

Patent Attorney

Founder & CEO | PowerPatent, Inc.

Silicon Valley Region Representative | Boston Global Forum

Alternative Investor | TVC

Key Highlights

  1. Learn how Bao Tran, an AI patent lawyer with an eclectic background in engineering, business, and law, revolutionizes patent applications with AI, offering startups a cost-effective and efficient path to protect their innovations.

  2. Contrary to popular belief, patent protection isn't just a costly and time-consuming process. It's an investment that could skyrocket your startup's valuation, especially now that AI is set to streamline the patent application process.

  3. As AI keeps evolving and making deeper inroads into the patent industry, are you prepared to ride this wave? Discover why adaptability is the key to thriving in this rapidly changing landscape and harnessing the transformative power of AI in patent law.


The patent industry is undergoing a significant transformation as artificial intelligence (AI) technologies become increasingly integrated into the process. In a recent conversation with Bao Tran, an AI patent lawyer, we explored the potential benefits, drawbacks, and future of AI in patent law, offering valuable insights for CEOs interested in this rapidly evolving field.

The Journey to IP Law

Bao’s journey began in engineering, where he started as a technical nerd. However, he soon found himself pivoting towards business when he was encouraged to apply for Columbia Business School. After completing his MBA, he worked as a management consultant for three years before shifting gears again to pursue a law degree.

The decision to study law came after a family health crisis forced him to move back to Houston, where he enrolled in an evening law program. Although he initially intended to become a corporate lawyer, his technical background led him to the world of patents. He then transitioned from a service provider to a startup environment, creating the Invisalign patent portfolio.

Bao’s experience in both law and business allowed him to support startups in protecting their go-to-market strategies, building IP value, and connecting them with angel and venture investors.

Common Misconceptions About the Patent Process

Many entrepreneurs view the patent process as unnecessarily expensive and time-consuming. However, without protection, startups are vulnerable to being pushed out of the market by larger companies that can adopt their ideas in a phenomenon known as sherlocking. In fact, having a patent application can significantly increase a startup's valuation, making the investment in IP worthwhile.

The Role of AI in Patent Applications

In today's fast-paced, innovation-driven world, intellectual property (IP) protection is more important than ever. Bao believes artificial intelligence (AI) can streamline the patent application process.

The advent of generative AI has allowed him to develop a system that creates patent-sounding language, but it requires careful prompting and context, like a human conversation, to guide the AI effectively and provide an accurate output.

By prompting the AI with a title, problem statement, solution, and annotated drawings, Bao has developed a system that can generate accurate and efficient patent applications. By using AI to guide the patent process, the system can dramatically reduce the cost and time required to prepare and file a patent application, and businesses can better protect their innovations and maintain a competitive edge in the market.

The Importance of Adaptability

As with any technological advancement, it's essential for professionals in the industry to adapt to the increasing use of AI in their field. Just as calculators and spreadsheets revolutionized certain industries, AI has the potential to make those who embrace it more competitive and efficient. Professionals who refuse to adapt risk becoming obsolete as the industry moves forward.

As AI continues to advance, it's likely that its role in the patent industry will expand even further. While it's currently used primarily for document drafting and analysis, future iterations of AI technologies may be able to offer more comprehensive guidance to patent applicants, identifying potential issues and helping to refine their ideas.

The Role of AI in International IP

AI has the potential to impact intellectual property on a global scale, as demonstrated by the involvement of AI patent lawyers in organizations like the United Nations Centennial Initiative, which Bao works with through the Boston Global Forum. By fostering collaboration between thought leaders and promoting a global dialogue, the potential benefits and challenges of AI in patent law can be more effectively addressed.


The powerful convergence of artificial intelligence and intellectual property is ushering in a new era for the patent industry, offering transformative benefits such as unparalleled efficiency and cost reduction.

As AI continues to evolve at a rapid pace, professionals in the field must remain agile and embrace this cutting-edge technology to harness its full potential. By boldly adopting AI advancements and fostering international collaboration, we can navigate potential challenges and create a dynamic environment where innovation flourishes, ultimately driving global progress and success.

The invaluable insights from IP expert Bao Tran emphasize the critical importance of adaptability and the pivotal role AI plays in revolutionizing the future of intellectual property protection, opening new doors for businesses and society at large.


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