AI’s Legal Implications, Practical Applications, and Ethical Considerations


Thursday, November 8

1:30 – 2:15 pm

Gold / Silver Room

Plenary Session

Hey Siri: What are AI’s Legal Implications, Practical Applications, and Ethical Considerations?

Artificial Intelligence technology advances at a faster pace than any other business sector. Researchers and entrepreneurs rely on trademark and copyright laws to protect their next-generation developments, while concerned citizens look to the law to protect them from intrusive technologies. How can the traditionally cautious field of law possibly keep up, much less anticipate mechanisms to balance justice?

This discussion will explore intellectual property rights relating to AI creations under the trademark, patent, and copyright laws of Canada, the U.S., and the UK. Further, AI’s place in the courtroom will be considered in the context of lawsuits, litigation, and dispute resolution.

This conversation integrates public policy and ethics — the framework upon which our legal system relies.

This introduction to the law in technology addresses both the optimistic and cautious approaches to living among AI’s disruption. It will encourage contemplation of the legal parameters for a society that is increasingly dependent on AI.


Jo-Anne Yau
Lawyer in Technology Litigation

Jo-Anne Yau is a civil litigator, with a focus in technology and cyber law. For over a decade, she has helped organizations leverage the Internet to capitalize on intellectual property, protect corporate brands, and negotiate agreements. In 2019, she expects to earn her Master of Laws degree in Internet Law and Policy through the University of Strathclyde, in Scotland.

Jo-Anne’s clients come from all over the world, and include companies, franchises, inventors, artists, athletes, sports leagues, and performers. She is a Patent Attorney registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a registered Sports Agent, and is the youngest person ever appointed to preside over a Florida court.

Fostering innovation is central to Jo-Anne’s philosophy. Incorporating corporate growth strategies in her own law firm earned her the “Entrepreneur of the Year” runner up title in the largest women’s business owner organization in Florida. She serves on the Board of Digital Alberta, a not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes, and connects Albertans in digital media and technology.