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Adams and Reese attorneys Jin Yoshikawa and Haodong Zhong had their article “Straight to the Prompt: IP Lawyers Must Develop AI Skills Now” published by IPWatchdog.com, the largest online IP publication in the world that reports on matters relating to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and anything pertaining to intellectual property news.
“If your opposing counsel isn’t using AI now, they will in very short order,” write Adams and Reese Global IP practice members Yoshikawa and Zhong. “Students of law, not to mention grade school students are growing up prompting ChatGPT for solutions to complex problems. As important, clients are increasingly relying on ChatGPT and other AI in their daily operations (and in their interactions with their lawyers).”
In addition to discussing best practices when using AI, Yoshikawa and Zhong interviewed Jamiel Shiekh – an entrepreneur who grabbed headlines when he used ChatGPT to defend his trademark registration against Facebook.
Yoshikawa has an IP litigation practice that focuses on federal trademark and anti-counterfeiting cases in courts throughout the United States, trademark cases before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and other cases involving IP rights. He has years of experience serving diverse and global clients, including multinational pharmaceutical companies, doctors and hospital systems, beverage manufacturers, tech ventures, advertising agencies, and online content providers. Yoshikawa received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia University, studying Computer Science with a specialty in Artificial Intelligence. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University, where he served as the editor in chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law and received a Scholastic Excellence Award in Professor Daniel Gervais’s class, Robots, AI & the Law. Before practicing law, he was a consultant at Bain & Company, advising a U.S. company on the Japanese market. For six years, he was also a producer on bilingual film, television, and commercial sets.
Zhong assists the firm’s attorneys in working with businesses internationally and domestically across all legal IP issues that impact their operations, including anti-counterfeiting, trademark, patent law, copyright, and IP litigation and dispute resolution. Bilingual and fluent in Mandarin and prior experience working with domestic clients interested in doing business in China and assisting Chinese-based businesses looking to expand their services within the U.S., Zhong understands how IP laws contrast in differing jurisdictions, enhancing his ability to translate documents, laws, contracts for Chinese business owners, and communicate their needs to anyone they’re negotiating with. He was a legal intern in Shanghai, where he worked for the IP group at a leading American law firm. He worked as a legal intern in the New York office of Fortune 500 company Tapestry, the holding company of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. Zhong earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Graduating from Vanderbilt University, Haodong earned a B.A. in Mathematics, Economics, and Philosophy.