The WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence

The WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) was established in 2019 to bring together diverse stakeholders in a policy dialogue to discuss the impact of Al on IP. By dealing AI issues across IP rights, it is intended to provide Member States with an overarching view of the impact of Al on all IP rights.

The Conversation is in an open, inclusive process intended to provide its stakeholders with a leading, global forum to discuss the impact of AI on all IP rights and to bridge the existing information gap between AI players and regulators in this fast moving and complex field.

WIPO is currently developing preliminary considerations for IP policy on a number of questions raised by AI for IP policy for further discussion.

The date and the topic of the Fourth Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI will be announced in due course.

Background

WIPO held the First Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI in September 2019 to discuss the impact of Al on IP policy, with a view to collectively formulating the questions that policymakers need to ask.

In December 2019, WIPO published a draft Issues Paper on IP policy and AI, and started a public consultation process inviting feedback to help define the most-pressing questions likely to face IP policy makers as AI increases in importance. Over 250 submissions were received in the consultation process.

In May 2020, a revised Issues Paper on IP policy and AI was published taking into account the submissions received.

A Second Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI took place in July 2020 discussing some of the issues set out in the Revised Paper. Over 2,000 people from 130 countries, including representatives of Member States, academic, scientific and private organizations joined the meeting in a virtual format.

WIPO held the Third Session of the Conversation on IP and AI on November 4, 2020, in a virtual format with more than 1,500 registered participants from 133 countries.

Overview of the process

Date Event/Activity
May 23 to 25, 2018 Meeting of IP offices on ICT Strategies and AI for IP Administration
January 31, 2019 Publication of WIPO Technology Trends: Artificial Intelligence
September 27, 2019 WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: First Session
December 13, 2019 Publication of Draft Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI 
May 29, 2020 Publication of Revised Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI
July 7-9, 2020 WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second Session
November 4, 2020

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Third Session

2021 date to be confirmed

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Fourth Session

Submissions received on the draft issues paper on IP Policy and AI

More than 250 submissions were received in response to the draft Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI from the widest possible global audience. Issues numbers in this database refer to the issue numbers in the draft Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI.

Note: These documents are posted online in the form and in the languages in which they are received. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the World Intellectual Property Organization or its Member States.

Interventions to the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second and Third Sessions

Almost 100 written submissions were received in response to the issues addressed in the agenda of the second and third sessions of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI. They are available in searchable format and linked to the video recordings of the meetings. Issues numbers in this database refer to the issue numbers in the revised Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI.

Note: These documents are posted online in the form and in the languages in which they are received. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the World Intellectual Property Organization or its member states.