Intellectual property rights (IPR) are once again a concern for corporations, legislation, governance, and ethics when it comes to protecting innovation. This is due to the significant growth in recent years in investment in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
The question of whether an AI (AI algorithm or AI robot) may qualify as an inventor for patent reasons or a creator for copyright purposes has recently been under intense debate. This course will address the important considerations of how AI should be protected, the effects of prospective modifications to the IP terms and conditions for the granting of an IP, and how the world should proceed internationally.
The expert contributions in this course come from the United Kingdom and Germany – prestigious academic institutions, industry, the legal practice.
The course also integrates the lessons learned from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence which held a discussion in the UK parliament in 2022 as a result of the UK government’s request for submissions to the consultation on IP and AI. The group discussed how existing copyright and patent legislation should respond to the problems AI poses to the IPR system, the UK’s strategy in this area, and ways that international agreement may be obtained.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to
- Provide a general overview of the important IPR considerations for IPR-created work, with an emphasis on legislators, policymakers, corporations, inventors, and IP users.
- Examine the justifications put up for granting an AI (AI algorithm or AI robot) the status of an inventor and the arguments against doing so.
- Critically evaluate the direction that appropriation regimes should take in light of AI software and machine learning.
- Think about how we can establish a global consensus on AI IPR regulation.