Artificial Intelligence in Intellectual Property Administration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are being increasingly deployed in the administration of applications for intellectual property (IP) protection. WIPO Translate and WIPO Brand Image Search, which use AI-based applications for automated translation and image recognition, are two examples of such AI applications.

Business areas in which WIPO and IP offices are exploring the use of AI

  • 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

Several IP Offices around the world have developed and deployed other AI applications. In May 2018, WIPO convened a meeting to discuss these AI applications and to foster the exchange of information and the sharing of such applications. The Organization will continue to use its convening power and position as the international organization responsible for IP policy to continue this dialogue and exchange.

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WIPO Speech to Text

WIPO Speech to Text is a powerful transcription tool which automatically converts audio and video content into text using artificial intelligence.

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 is available through the PATENTSCOPE database and can also be integrated within IP office 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 IP offices 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 IP offices. Through three main channels, WIPO leads and enables cooperation amongst IP offices 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 IP offices. 


Specialized task forces

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

Online forum for member states

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