Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence (September 27, 2019)

October 1, 2019

The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) across a range of technical fields is posing a number of policy questions with respect to intellectual property (IP). As part of its efforts to engage with member states on these questions, WIPO has convened a meeting – WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence – to provide member states with an opportunity to exchange views on various topics regarding AI and the IP system.

The meeting will focus on the impact of AI on IP systems, IP policies, IP rights management, and international cooperation on IP matters.

Webcasting | Meeting documents | Photos on Flickr

Opening statement

Video: WIPO Director General Francis Gurry's opening statement

Artificial intelligence is raising a broad and multi-disciplinary range of policy questions. One of those questions is property and intellectual property.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Panel discussions

Video: What impact does AI have on the IP system and IP policy?

Video: Are the current patent law and patentability guidelines appropriate for protecting and using AI-related inventions?

Experts on AI

Experts were interviewed to help participants understand the issues.

AI is getting increasingly sophisticated at autonomously generating otherwise patentable output.

Prof. Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey

IP systems were originally invented to encourage, facilitate or reward human creations.

Prof. Alice Lee, Hong Kong University

The question we need to really think about is whether it’s better to think of AI as an author or a creator in its own right, or as a tool of human creators.

Dr. Daniela Simone, University College London