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Artificial Intelligence

We provide the legal guardrails that give our clients peace of mind as they develop and integrate AI technology into their products and workplaces

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies become ubiquitous in industry and popular culture, Varnum is helping clients leverage the power of these revolutionary advancements – and avoid their equally significant risks. Varnum’s AI practice draws on the deep experience of our data privacy and cybersecurity team and is fortified by our work with industries on the forefront of AI technology application.

Our multidisciplinary team assists clients across the spectrum, from helping employers develop policies governing generative AI program usage in the workplace to developers of new AI tools that use data collection and monitoring technology.

Our AI work spans multiple legal specialties, including corporate, M&A, IP and litigation.

Regulatory Compliance

Whether your business is cautiously exploring the benefits of AI in day-to-day operations or involved in the development of foundational models, Varnum provides legal guidance to keep you compliant with the evolving standards and regulatory structures that govern emergent technology.

We advise clients on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Data Processing Agreements
  • End User License Agreements
  • Privacy and regulatory implications with training data for AI models
  • Cybersecurity
  • Privacy policies and security disclosures
  • Employment policies governing appropriate use of AI tools
  • Defense of privacy violation claims, including with respect to the Illinois Biometric Information and Privacy Law (BIPA)

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Our team of IAPP certified privacy professionals provides a solid foundation of expertise in development of privacy policies as well as privacy breaches, unauthorized access, data misuse and potential security vulnerabilities.

Intellectual Property

Businesses investing in AI often generate and use proprietary algorithms and models. Protecting intellectual property is crucial, and Varnum helps clients with early and ongoing IP management. We also help protect training data rights, to avoid potential infringements that could expose sensitive information.

Technology Transactions

Our experienced data privacy team has helped some of the world’s leading technology companies develop and deploy new products, advising on regulatory requirements for testing and launch, internal and external validation, public policy strategy and external messaging. We help clients identify strategies and create solutions to issues arising from the intersection of new technologies and the emerging regulatory frameworks.

While our work in the technology industry is significant, tech liability issues are no longer limited to the companies that sell and license technology: any company that uses AI or machine learning is potentially at risk. Varnum’s depth of experience provides peace of mind for our clients who employ AI in their automated processes.

“Varnum always has an expert to offer sound advice and guidance for any issue we bring to them.”

Client, US News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms

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