The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is calling for views on the implications artificial intelligence (AI) will have for the UK's intellectual property (IP) framework. The consultation, aimed at academics, researchers and industry professionals, features questions on patents, copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets.
The vast majority of questions surround the subsistence, authorship, ownership, and infringement of works created by AI. In a nod to law school essays, several questions also deal with ethical and moral issues raised by attributing property rights to AI creations.
Unfortunately, the Government's definition of AI excludes the possibility of AI acquiring legal personhood (a crushing blow for GPT-3, who wrote this article for The Guardian yesterday).
Responses to the consultation can be submitted until November 30th.
The UK is voted one of the best IP environments in the world. To keep it that way we are keen to look ahead to the challenges that new technologies bring. We need to make sure the UK’s IP environment is adapted to accommodate them.