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Research: The examination of computer implemented inventions and artificial intelligence inventions

by Jean-Marc Deltorn, Andrew Thean, Markus Volkmer

The examination of computer implemented inventions and artificial intelligence inventions

Computer-implemented inventions and applications of artificial intelligence have become an important part of the current innovation landscape. This trend is demonstrated by a significant increase in patents filings in a variety of technical areas, from self-driving vehicles to applications supporting the fourth industrial revolution. The EPO, as the patent granting authority for the contracting states to the EPC, has developed, over time and in line with the case law of the Boards of Appeal, a stable practice regarding the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. This practice now also applies to applications in the field of artificial intelligence, where it offers a stable platform on which applicants and practitioners can secure patent protection for AI inventions at the EPO, with predictable outcomes. This paper provides guidance about the patentability of artificial intelligence at the EPO.

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, Artificial intelligence and data

Research: What is artificial intelligence and why does it matter for Copyright

by Anastasiya Kiseleva, LL.M. student at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany.

What is artificial intelligence and why does it matter for Copyright

The main purpose of this article is to show the importance of understanding of nature and features of artificial intelligence (AI) in order to be able to effectively address legal issues posed by AI in the copyright area.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Artificial intelligence and data

Research: Portability in Datasets under Intellectual Property, Competition Law, and Blockchain

by Dr Björn Lundqvist, Associate Professor of Law, Stockholm University

Portability in Datasets under Intellectual Property, Competition Law, and Blockchain

This summary attempts to identify which legal systems are applicable when data is obtained from devices, sent to other devices, and/or distributed to the Cloud, and, ultimately, when it is reused. The author specifically focuses on the application of competition law vis-à-vis the firms included in the standardisation of the Digital Economy. The author’s full paper on this topic can be found on the SSRN website.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, Artificial intelligence and data, Digital platforms

Research: Summary - Evaluating the EC Private Data Sharing Principles

by Dr. Begoña Gonzalez Otero. IP Researcher and Consultant

Summary - Evaluating the EC Private Data Sharing Principles

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Categories: Digital Single Market, Artificial intelligence and data

Research: Evaluating the EC Private Data Sharing Principles: Setting a Mantra for Artificial Intelligence Nirvana?

by Dr. Begoña Gonzalez Otero. IP Researcher and Consultant

Evaluating the EC Private Data Sharing Principles:  Setting a Mantra for Artificial Intelligence Nirvana?

This article talks to recent European Commission communications on data trading and artificial intelligence with a focus on the Commission's “Guidance on Sharing Private Sector Data in the European Economy” which came with a working document: “Guidance on Sharing Private Sector Data in the European Data Economy”. Do these principles set a viable legal framework for data sharing or this public policy tool is merely a naïve expectation? Moreover, would these principles set a successful path toward a thriving European AI advancement? The author tries to sketch some answers to these and related questions.

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Categories: Digital Single Market, Artificial intelligence and data