Data Dilemmas: Managing Artificial Intelligence Alliances During COVID-19

May 18, 2020Quotes & Mentions
ASAP Strategic Alliance Quarterly

Dinsmore intellectual property partner Brian O'Shaughnessy spoke with ASAP Strategic Alliance Quarterly recently for an article on artificial intelligence partnerships working to thwart COVID-19. He gave his thoughts on how the individual entities within those partnerships can effectively execute their work together. See what he had to say below:

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Artificial intelligence alliances are proliferating rapidly, and that trend will likely continue as AI is used to track and fight the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. Meanwhile, best practices in how to manage these partnerships are starting to take shape.


Brian O’Shaughnessy, partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, urged alliance stewards to be “well acquainted with both research and business managers [involved in the initiative]. Alliance managers should ensure that they know what the enterprise is looking for from both a technical and a business standpoint.”


“If you are generating a whole lot of data through complicated protocols, and you have negotiated hard to get that data, you better make sure that that data is relevant to your own researchers, and is consistent with the business purpose of the enterprise,” said O’Shaughnessy.


“You have to make sure that sensitive information you share with [partners] is protected internally, and that sensitive information is not just turned over to them in a way that it can be shared throughout their company,” said O’Shaughnessy. “You want to make sure alliance members can’t share it in a manner where you lose control of it.”


“By and large, we all tend to put our blinders on and do what we think needs to be done on a day-to-day basis. Alliances of this nature endure, and they tend to take on a life of their own. Routine communication and a continual reevaluation of purpose ensure that the alliance remains healthy, mutually beneficial, and relevant to the partners’ business interests.”

To read the full article, click here.