On 15/16 January representatives from the IP5 offices (the Chinese, European, Japanese, Korean and US Patent Offices) and WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Office) held their first IP5 Task Force meeting on New Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Berlin.
The task force has been set up to consider legal, technical and policy aspects of AI and other new technology. This includes the question of what happens if an AI system develops a new invention. Can a patent be obtained for such an invention? Who is the inventor? Who is the owner? Can rights in the invention be transferred to a company that owns the AI system?
The inaugural Task Force meeting follows a recent decision by the European Patent Office (EPO News) refusing two patent applications (EP Appn 18275163 and EP Appn 18275174) where the “inventor” was an AI system.
By Tom Faulkner