Artificial Intelligence Patent Attorney

Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver, Minneapolis & Kansas City

Daniel A. Tysver

Dan Tysver has a distinguished career spanning over thirty years, during which he has assisted clients in securing patents for innovative digital technologies. Alongside his patent practice, Dan has nurtured a long-standing interest in artificial intelligence. While studying at Harvard Law School, he delved into artificial intelligence programming at the School of Arts and Sciences. His keen interest in the field led him to author a third-year paper (required for graduation) on a case-based artificial intelligence system designed to analyze legal reasoning, a project that featured Prolog programming crafted by Dan himself. In recent years, his expertise has become increasingly sought after, with a growing number of clients seeking his assistance to secure patent protection for their AI-driven inventions. 

Dan’s Bitlaw website has provided free information on patent law and intellectual property protection for digital technologies for decades. Recently, Bitlaw has added detailed discussions on artificial intelligence, including an introduction to artificial intelligence, issues related to the training of Large Language Models (LLMs), and AI hallucinations. Bitlaw also provides information on obtaining patent protection for AI-related inventions, which includes a discussion on the types of inventions that have already been patented in this area.

Inventions in the artificial intelligence field are similar to inventions in other digital technologies when it comes to patent protection. In particular, the inventions must be new, useful, and non-obvious (see the Bitlaw discussion on patent requirements). In addition, these types of technology must be considered subject-matter eligible before the Patent Office will grant a patent. Dan has written extensively on subject matter eligibility (see Bitlaw’s Section 101 Index for more information) and also presented numerous legal seminars explaining the intricacies of this arcane area of the law. The important thing to remember is that, in spite of these issues, AI inventions are eligible for patent protection in the United States.

Feel free to contact Dan if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the patent process with him.

Dan Tysver

Dan Tysver

  • More than 30 years of experience
  • Author of Bitlaw
  • Graduate of Carleton College and Harvard Law School
  • Nice guy!

Read more on Dan’s bio page.


Dan graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, with a major in Physics. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Dan studied computer science extensively at Carleton, and continued this study while at Harvard.

Dan served for ten years as an adjunct professor of Software and Technology Law at the University of St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Software, and previously served as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Dan is active in the legal community, having served as the chair of both the Computer Law Section and the Internet Law Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Dan founded and ran Tysver Beck Evans, a small boutique patent law firm in Minneapolis for over twenty-five years. He is now a partner in the Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver, which he helped found in 2021. Dan has been named a Super Lawyer and has previously been honored as a Top 40 IP Attorney by Minnesota Law and Politics.

Speeches and Presentations

Over the past thirty years, Dan has frequently presented to other attorneys and bar associations on intellectual property law in general, and on AI-related technologies in particular. Some recent presentations include:

    • “Understanding AI and ChatGPT – What’s the Big Deal?,” 2023 Solo & Small Firm Conference (2023)
    • “AI and ChatGPT – The Business and Legal Revolution,” 2023 Crash Course for In-House Counsel (2023)
    • “AI and ChatGPT – The Good, The Bad And the Ugly,” The Latest on AI and ChatGPT (2023) (Course Chair)
    • “AI & ChatGPT: Revolutionizing the Law Firm,” Kansas City Association of Legal Administrators (2023)