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Primed for AI – the basics of artificial intelligence and machine learning

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join us for a “back to basics” primer, as experts from our Patent Practice Group discuss the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies using only everyday language and approachable examples.

AI and ML are finding their way into more areas of business and industry. But beyond the buzzwords, what are they exactly, and how do they work? Our panel will answer these questions and others, specifically:

  • What is artificial intelligence? What is machine learning? How do they differ?
  • How do these technologies work?
  • What can and can’t these technologies do today?
  • Where is the technology headed?
  • Can these technologies be patented?

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Paul Horbal

Partner, Bereskin & Parr

Paul Horbal is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Electrical & Computer Technology group and is Chair of the Financial Technology group. His practice focuses on patent, industrial design and technology law, with an emphasis on securing and leveraging intellectual property rights for high-tech and Fintech clients.

He advises clients of various sizes, but particularly enjoys working with startups and high-tech entrepreneurs. In addition to his work preparing and prosecuting patents, Paul advises clients regarding their intellectual property licensing needs.

He has prepared and filed patent applications relating to block chain technology, payment processing, telecommunications systems, integrated circuits, digital signal processing, biomedical and biomonitoring devices, power systems and power electronics, computer networks, computer software, along with many other technologies.

Paul is a member of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Executive Committee on Practice Innovation & Technology, Sub-Committee on Curating Technology. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Paul is former Chair of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group, Vice-President of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Toronto.

Paul has been a faculty member for the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law (2018/2019), an educational course developed for lawyers, business leaders, managers and influencers with an interest in blockchain technology.

He speaks and writes regularly regarding intellectual property and is an active tweeter (@horbal).



Paul Blizzard

Associate, Bereskin & Parr

aul Blizzard is an associate with Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the Electrical & Computer Technology and Artificial Intelligence practice groups.

Paul’s expertise focuses on all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, licensing and trade secrets. He assists clients in various areas such as software matters relating to a variety of different types of software. Paul is familiar with electrical technologies including commercial and consumer electrical devices, as well as computer hardware. He is also familiar with open-source software licensing, data privacy, information security, and issues facing startup companies.

Prior to being admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2018, Paul was a summer student as well as an articling student with Bereskin & Parr during his time at Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode, Paul led the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic and was a regular contributor to IP Osgoode’s blog IPilogue. In his final year of study, Paul participated in the IP Intensive program and was placed at CodeX, the Stanford Centre for Legal Informatics in California, where he assisted in research on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies in the legal field.

Paul graduated from a B. Sc. in Computer and Engineering at Queen’s University in 2006, allowing him to have a solid background and experience working in Software Engineering, Web Development, Ecommerce, Artificial Intelligence and Cleantech for 14 years. While at Queen’s, Paul led the Queen’s University Solar Vehicle Team and participated in the American Solar Challenge, World Solar Challenge, and the North American Solar Challenge race events.

Paul has co-authored several articles on Patent, Artificial Intelligence, Copyright, Engineering and Innovation topics.