We talk about artificial intelligence and intellectual property with Ryan Abbott, a university professor, researcher, licensed physician, patent attorney, and author of "The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law".
Hello! From Washington, DC. This is Episode 6. Today we will talk about artificial intelligence and intellectual property with a university professor, researcher, author, licensed physician, and patent attorney.
So far, I have spoken to you about the traditional foundations of intellectual property. The requirements and processes you must take into account to protect your creations. In this episode, we will address a topic that seems to be on everyone's minds: artificial intelligence. We will discuss how this technology is transforming the central theme of our podcast: intellectual property. As lawyers, we learn in our first university classes that the law is transformed when society is transformed. The law must adapt to people, not people to the law. Now, is artificial intelligence a person before the law?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in December 2019 launched a public consultation on the most relevant issues of intellectual property and artificial intelligence. They obtained more than 250 communications from governments, organizations, companies, individuals, counting myself. After the consultation, WIPO made a revised version of the document. To give you an idea of the discussion, I would like to share with you two of the questions I consider most interesting:
1. Should the law require that a human being be named as the inventor or should the law permit an AI application to be named as the inventor?
2. If AI-generated inventions are excluded from patent protection, what alternative protection mechanisms are available for such inventions? Would the lack of patent protection for AI inventions lead to the increase in the use of trade secrets and decrease of flow of information and technological advancement? If so, should policy address this and how?
What do you think? Let's see what our guest has to say.
Today we have the great pleasure of talking with an outstanding professional, exceptional academic and the fascinating author of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law.
Without a doubt, technology will take us down unimaginable paths, and as a society, we have the responsibility to shape today the future we want tomorrow.
And, so we come to the end of our episode. See you next Tuesday, with a new guest and a new IP topic.
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