Matt Hervey on navigating the legal implications of generative AI

Posted by Mike Walsh

Apr 7, 2024 9:59:34 AM

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What are the new challenges that generative AI is creating for copyright law? In this episode, I speak with Matt Hervey, the head of AI law at Gowling, to explore the legal intricacies surrounding the creation of content and ideas by large language models. In our discussion, Matt sheds light on the complex landscape of AI ownership, highlighting the differences in legal frameworks across various jurisdictions, such as the UK, EU, and US. 

In Matt’s view, a key issue for leaders to consider in determining the ownership and protectability of AI-generated works, is the degree of human involvement and the level of effort contributed. We also touch upon the controversial issue of training data and the potential liabilities arising from the use of scraped content from the internet.

In this episode, we further explore the transformative potential of AI in industries like life sciences, where AI-powered drug discovery and clinical trials are already making significant strides. Matt discusses the importance of documenting the AI development process to mitigate risks and the need for organizations to develop proprietary models to safeguard their intellectual property.

The 5 Key Takeaways:

1. Understand the legal implications of AI ownership and the varying levels of protection across different jurisdictions to inform strategic decisions and mitigate risks.

2. Assess the potential liabilities associated with training data and implement measures to ensure the ethical and responsible use of AI within the organization.

3. Recognize the transformative potential of AI in industry-specific applications and invest in proprietary models to leverage unique data assets and gain a competitive edge.

4. Foster collaboration between legal, technical, and domain experts to develop a comprehensive understanding of AI's impact and potential within the organization.

5. Prepare for the future of AI-powered organizations by building interdisciplinary teams and upskilling employees to effectively navigate the complexities of AI implementation and governance.






Building the algorithmic law firm of tomorrow

Posted by Mike Walsh

Oct 14, 2019 4:24:44 PM

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If you were to start a law firm today, leveraging all available technology and new ways of thinking - how would you do it? That, among other questions, is what I asked Piotr Spaczyński, managing partner of SSW, the only independent law firm from Poland, and one just shortlisted in the prestigious Innovative Lawyers ranking by the Financial Times. The legal industry - conservative, slow-moving and based on precedent - is a fascinating case study for the disruptive impact of AI and automation. Piotr and I discussed what the legal AI stack of the future might look like, from the use of algorithms to analyze contracts to predicting the outcome of litigation under particular judges. So when the legal system becomes increasingly standardized, contracts more automated and legislation akin to computer code - will the best lawyers of the future be less like Harvey Specter and more like Bill Gates?




Legal tradition vs digital transformation

Posted by Mike Walsh

Apr 30, 2018 6:28:10 PM

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Chris White is Global CIO of international law firm Clyde & Co, one of the world’s leading legal firms particularly known for their work in the insurance sector. The legal world, deeply conservative and based in tradition, has been under growing pressure to change with rapid changes in technology, AI, machine learning and the increasing algorithmic nature of client’s business activities. Chris, who manages a team of 140 technology across 40 offices globally, is helping drive his firm’s push into automation and case management technology. What will this mean for the future of the law firm? Listen in to find out.


CATEGORY: Legal, Technology

How will AI transform the legal industry?

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jan 29, 2018 7:11:48 AM

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Artificial intelligence and automation are disrupting the business of law, leading to faster, more accurate decision making and improved access to justice. But what exactly will this mean for the future of lawyers, and law firms? To find out I spoke with Paul Greenwood, CIO at Clifford Chance - one of the top ten law firms in the world, and a member of the "Magic Circle" of leading British law firms. Some of the issues we discussed include the impact of algorithms on complex document analysis, whether AI tools trained against a firm's accumulated knowledge might also be a source of competitive advantage, and how companies might be able to automate strategic decision making in the future.


CATEGORY: Legal, Technology