How Patents, AI, and Machine Learning Affect Value
September 26, 2019
In this episode of Deal Talk with 7MA, 7 Mile host Ariail Barker talks with John Cooper and Josh Tucker, two experts in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning space. John is a director at 7 Mile who has worked on many deals involving AI and machine learning. Josh is a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the intellectual property group. Josh’s practice specializes in software and, in particular, AI/machine learning and data science invention.
John begins by discussing what the terms AI and machine learning really mean in practice and how they affect valuation. (4:45) Josh and John then outline typical questions from clients and prospective clients concerning patents and machine learning. (8:56) Increasingly, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) buyers are becoming more knowledgeable regarding topics such as AI and machine learning. John goes on to discuss the factors involved in the evaluation of companies in the AI and machine learning space. (17:58) The conversation wraps up with an analysis of when companies considering a deal in the AI and machine learning space should begin engaging with industry experts. (26:57)