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Next Founders alum Ben Alarie discusses patenting IP for AI

Dec 14, 2017

Benjamin Alarie (Next Founders, 2016), co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal, says the patent for its AI software for legal and accounting firms is filed and pending. But in an AI world, he’s the first to admit it is far from a simple process.

“Patents take three to five years to process. At the same time, technology is moving very, very quickly. If you wait too long to patent something that’s truly innovative, it’s likely someone else will file.”

Securing intellectual property (IP) can be a major hurdle for startups at the best of times. But software – and in particular AI — brings its own unique challenges.

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