Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy

WIPO is leading a Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) bringing together Member States and other stakeholders to discuss the impact of Al on IP, with a view to collectively formulating the questions that policymakers need to ask.

AI has emerged as a general-purpose technology with widespread applications throughout the economy and society and is having a significant impact on the creation, production and distribution of economic and cultural goods and services. The Conversation on AI and IP policy aims to provide a forum to advance the understanding of the IP issues involved.

Overview and next steps in the process

WIPO held a First Session of the Conversation on AI and IP in September 2019. In December 2019 WIPO published a draft issues paper for consultation to provide the basis for a shared understanding of the main questions that need to be discussed or addressed in relation to IP policy and AI.

More than 250 submissions were received in the consultation process and a Revised Issues PaperPDF, Revised Issues Paperwas published in May 2020.

A Second Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI took place in July 2020. Over 2,000 people from 130 countries, including representatives of Member States, academic, scientific and private organizations joined the meeting in a virtual format. The written interventions are available in searchable format.

WIPO will hold a Third Session of the Conversation on IP and AI in November 2020. A date will be announced as soon as possible. WIPO is also currently developing preliminary considerations for IP policy on a number of questions raised by AI for IP policy for discussion by Member States and other stakeholders.

Date Event/activity
May 23 to 25, 2018 Meeting of IP offices on ICT Strategies and AI for IP Administration
January 31, 2019 Publication of WIPO Technology Trends: Artificial Intelligence
September 27, 2019 WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: First Session
December 13, 2019 Publication of Draft Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI 
February 14, 2020 Deadline for comments on Draft Issues Paper: Comments
May 29, 2020 Publication of Revised Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI
July 7-9, 2020 (virtual) WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second Session
July 24, 2020 Deadline for further written interventions and comments on the Second Session. Interventions
November 2020 (date tbc) WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Third Session

Interventions to the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second Session

More than 50 submissions were received from the widest possible global audience.

Note: These documents are posted online in the form and in the languages in which they are received. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the World Intellectual Property Organization or its member states.

AI and IP Strategy Clearing House

AI has become a strategic capability for many governments across the globe. Strategies for the development of AI capacity and AI regulatory measures are being adopted with increasing frequency. WIPO has begun to collate the main government instruments of relevance to AI and IP with the aid of the Member States. Member States are invited to inform WIPO about any updates in their policies by email to ai2ip@wipo.int.

Note: These documents are posted online in the form and in the languages in which they are received. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the World Intellectual Property Organization or its Member States.

Topics and issues

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AI and trademarks

Many commentators concentrate on the impact of AI on patent, copyright and design law, but how will it affect the way consumers buy products and services and what knock-on impact will that have on trademark law?

(Photo: WIPO / E. Berrod / Sheyda Navab)

AI and data

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry reflects on the implications of big data for intellectual property (IP) policy.

(Photo: J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam)

AI and copyright

British-born computer scientist, Andrew Ng, leading thinker on AI, discusses the transformative power of AI, and the measures required to ensure that AI benefits everyone.