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Automating Invention is Robert Plotkin's blog on the impact of computer-automated inventing on the future of invention and patent law.

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I am solely responsible for deciding what I write about in this blog. All opinions I express in this blog are my own. No one pays me to write this blog or to say particular things in it.

By day I am a practicing intellectual property lawyer. Most of what I do is to help my clients in the computer industry obtain intellectual property protection for the technology they develop. I leave to your judgment whether this biases any of the views I express here. I am also a part-time law professor. My academic work focuses primarily on intellectual property protection for software. You can read my published academic work and decide for yourself what my biases are.

As a lawyer, I have to say that this site is provided for informational purposes only. Although I try to provide information that is accurate, I do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that any of the information provided on this site is accurate. Nothing on this site constitutes legal advice. Although I may express opinions on this site, nothing I say here represents an opinion about the application of the law to a particular set of facts. If you have a legal problem, you should retain a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the appropriate jurisdiction. Nothing on this site creates an attorney-client relationship between you and Robert Plotkin or Robert Plotkin, P.C.

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