PatentNext is a weblog (“Blog”) about Patent and Intellectual Property (IP) law focusing on Next-generation and New Age technologies.

PatentNext is moderated by Ryan N. Phelan, a registered U.S. Patent Attorney and Software and Computer Engineer. Ryan previously worked in the IT industry as a consultant at Accenture, where he regularly consulted Fortune 500 companies in software and computing technologies. Ryan brings real-world software and computing experience to his practice of IP law and to his publications and presentations.

Ryan regularly publishes thought-leadership articles and speaks on IP law and modern technologies. For example, Ryan has been published in several prestigious IP publications, including the World Intellectual Property ReviewBloomberg LawIP Law 360, IP Litigator, and is a regular speaker and contributor at IP conferences focusing on next-generation technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Ryan also teaches at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, including coursework on Patenting Software Inventions in the United States.

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