January 25, 2021

Similar to the clients they represent every day, a group of Polsinelli attorneys have added a new position to their title: inventors. The Am Law 100 firm announced the creation of a new, in-house AI patent drafting tool called PatentCAD™ (patent pending).


PatentCAD™ uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform Polsinelli’s patent development process, aiming to amplify the skills of an attorney or patent agent to consistently draft high-quality patent applications across a spectrum of technologies.  PatentCAD™ provides a unique interface that optimizes intellectual attention and workflow, and adaptively automates certain ancillary yet mandatory drafting tasks. It works alongside attorneys and patent agents to arrive at a complete patent application including drawings with more consistency than working manually. 


“PatentCAD™ allows us to utilize our talent most effectively. Our more experienced attorneys can be more involved in the patent drafting process, while PatentCAD™ reinforces good patent drafting processes and results in more consistent work product from our junior attorneys,” said Principal Brian K. McKnight. “This tool is our take on what a highly effective artificial intelligence patent drafting tool should be, and we are excited to offer this innovation exclusively to our clients.”


Polsinelli’s new patent application tool provides all the building blocks that an attorney or patent agent uses to draft a patent application. The drafter can select client-specific boilerplates, create drawings, outline a specification, draft and refine claim sets, and draft a description of the figures, summary and an Abstract.  One of PatentCAD™’s key innovations is the human-machine interface – the drafter can provide additional inputs throughout the application building process.


“Our dedicated team of patent attorneys have explored machine learning and AI tools in the marketplace and discovered opportunities for improvement and additional value for our clients,” said Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Patent Prosecution Practice Chair Gregory P. Durbin. “While many great attorneys draft a high-quality claim set to begin the application drafting process, the claim set and language will evolve as the attorney develops the specification. PatentCAD™ emphasizes this workflow and allows these on-the-fly changes to be reflected in the application, providing an interactive drafting process optimally combining AI and attorney knowledge.”  


PatentCAD™ was developed in-house by a team of Polsinelli Intellectual Property Department attorneys led by Counsel Simon Booth, who served as lead developer. Booth was accompanied in the development by Durbin, McKnight, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Patent Prosecution Practice Vice Chair Thomas Isaacson, and Shareholder Shelton Austin. 


Polsinelli attorneys are currently using PatentCAD™ with multiple clients. The launch of this exclusive new tool rounds out a strong year for the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. The Department achieved a Tier 1 national ranking by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” list in 2020 in Litigation – IP, Trademark Law and Patent Law. The Department was also ranked among the top 1-2% of patent firms in Patexia Inc.’s 2020 Patent Prosecution Report, as well as a national ranking in Patent Prosecution on IAM Patent 1000 this year.


About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.