Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

In the global innovation economy, demand for intellectual property (IP) titles – patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright – is rapidly increasing and becoming more complex. Artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics and new technologies such as blockchain can be used to address the growing challenges facing IP offices (IPO).

  • Automatic classification of patents and goods/services for trademark applications
  • Search of patent prior art and figurative elements of trademarks
  • Examination and formalities checks for trademarks and patents
  • Helpdesk services (automatic replies to client)
  • Machine translation, linguistic tools and terminology
  • Data analysis for economic research

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Topics and issues

From stories, to reports, news and more, we publish content on the topics most discussed in the field of AI and IP.

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Robotics, innovation and IP

Robotics and AI are breakthrough, boundary-pushing innovations. This economic research working paper analyzes how innovation in robotics is taking place, how it spreads, and what role IP plays.

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Digital intelligence at work

IP Australia has been working with leaders in the field to understand the applications of AI for IP and to develop new, more efficient ways to deliver its IP services.

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Blockchain and IP

Blockchain and its possible applications are almost constant topics of discussion nowadays for businesses, policy makers, journalists, and more. How can we make the most of this technology in the IP sphere?

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AI and copyright

As the use of AI by artists becomes more widespread, the distinction between artwork made by a human and artwork made by a computer is becoming increasingly blurred with interesting implications for copyright.

Artificial intelligence at WIPO

WIPO's research on AI is led by the Advanced Technology Applications Center (ATAC), which works on enhancing functions and processes at the Organization. WIPO currently uses AI in three main areas:

Machine translation: WIPO Translate

WIPO Translate is a world-leading instant translation tool, specially designed for patent documents. It's available through the PATENTSCOPE database and can also be integrated within IPO systems upon request.

Image search: Global Brand Database

Image search within the Global Brand Database allows trademark owners to identify visually-similar trademarks, as well as other brand-information records from among the millions of images in the collection.

Automatic Patent Classification

IPCCAT helps patent filers and examiners in IPOs to automatically categorize patent applications into technical units according to their International Patent Classification (IPC) class, subclass, main group or sub-group.

Artificial intelligence and IP service delivery

AI has the potential to revolutionize service delivery and administration in IPOs. Through three main channels, WIPO leads and enables cooperation amongst IPOs towards this goal.

Index of AI initiatives in IP offices

Search our index of initiatives to find out how AI is being used to facilitate IP administration and service delivery in different IPOs. The index is based on inputs received from WIPO member states. Please contact us for updates or corrections.

 

Specialized task forces

WIPO leads and enables cooperation amongst IPOs in pursuit of coherent ICT strategy, management of IP big data and the use of AI for IPO administration:

Online forum for member states

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