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Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations

January 31, 2019

Intellectual Property Policy Considerations

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to produce a new wave of innovation and creativity. At the same time, it poses novel challenges and opportunities for intellectual property (IP) policy, such as:

  • How is AI being used to enforce IP rights, protect inventions, and create new business models?
  • How will AI alter the management and organization of research, innovation, and commercialization?
  • What are the copyright implications when AI is used to create new works or when copyrighted works are used to “train” artificial intelligence systems?
  • How will AI affect trademark protection and branding?
  • These and similar critical questions about AI and IP will be examined at this all-day conference organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It will bring together leading thinkers, policy makers, academics, and practitioners to examine the growing capabilities of AI, its potential economic impacts, and implications for IP policy and law.

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu delivered opening remarks. An exhibit featuring booths from a number of companies and institutions showcasing their AI technologies ran concurrently with the conference.

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