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CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

The humanisation process of the robots

10.03.2020


We may not like it, but technology plays an increasingly dominant role in our daily lives. The onus is on us to keep abreast of technological developments and their potential implications for our personal and professional lives. Let us take the field of intellectual property and artificial intelligence as an example. If you run a business in this sector, or you wish to invest in this type of technology, you will be greatly interested in the challenge that artificial intelligence presents for intellectual property management.

To answer the question “how are artificial intelligence and intellectual property connected?”, we must turn to the European Patent Office (EPO). In the autumn of 2018, an individual filed two applications with the EPO that named an artificial intelligence system as the inventor. Both applications were roundly rejected by the EPO, who stated that they did not meet a key requirement of the European Patent Convention (EPC): the inventor designated in the patent application must be a human being, not a machine.

Both patent applications explained that the designated inventor was a system entitled “DABUS” – described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence”. The applicant explained that, as the owner of DABUS, he had obtained the rights to the European patent from the inventor, and should be assigned all intellectual property rights invented by the machine.

In their final decision, the EPO maintained that any inventor named in a European patent must be “a natural person”. However, the insidious spread of artificial intelligence into our lives has raised ongoing discussions about whether the EPO’s stance was correct.

Undoubtedly, we are moving towards a time where machines with artificial intelligence will become our colleagues, changing both our professional lives and our personal relationships. Artificial intelligence systems could contribute to advancements in healthcare and education and may even play a future role in culture and arts.

In light of this, we must acknowledge that the development of artificial intelligence has the potential to give companies a competitional advantage within the intellectual property field and especially for those lawyers that will easily use the new IT tools.

24.03.2020

How to protect new online businesses and other IP challenges

The field of intellectual property, as important as it may be, is more often than not looked over by the entities that carry out their activity in the field of e-commerce. The reason why intellectual property is crucial for the field of e-commerce, is because by the sale of products and services, generally have important ( learn more )

18.03.2020

Intellectual Property Offices – updates on COVID-19

UKIPO, EPO, EUIPO and USPTO announced the latest decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them will remain open, and just a few of them are making extensions in terms of deadlines. UKIPO If you are in the situation where you need an extension, due to the pandemic, UKIPO will remain open and mentioned that ( learn more )

16.03.2020

Happy toys for happy children

We have assisted our Client, a manufacturer of wooden toys, in the process of preparing the most suitable trademark filing strategy. We applied at EUIPO for a trademark application in classes 28 and 35 and took all necessary steps for protecting his brand and develop its business in the European Union. The whole procedure was ( learn more )