Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy

WIPO is leading a Conversation on IP and AI bringing together Member States and other stakeholders to discuss the impact of Al on IP, with a view to collectively formulating the questions that policymakers need to ask.

On December 13, 2019 the WIPO Secretariat published a draft issues paper to provide the basis for a shared understanding of the main questions that need to be discussed or addressed in relation to IP policy and AI.

More than 250 submissions were received from the widest possible global audience.

Overview and next steps in the process

WIPO will publish a revised issues paper by the end of March 2020. A second session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI will take place in Geneva on May 11-12, 2020. The meeting is open to all interested parties.

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 
February 14, 2020 Deadline for comments on the draft issues paper: Comments
March, 2020 Publication of Revised Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI
May 11-12, 2020 WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second Session

Database of submissions

More than 250 submissions were received from the widest possible global audience.

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.

AI and IP strategy clearing house

AI has become a strategic capability for many governments across the globe. Strategies for the development of AI capacity and AI regulatory measures are being adopted with increasing frequency. WIPO has begun to collate the main government instruments of relevance to AI and IP with the aid of the Member states.

Member states

  • Australia PDF, Australia
  • Bahrain PDF, Bahrain
  • Belgium PDF, Belgium
  • Brunei PDF, Brunei
  • Bulgaria PDF, Bulgaria
  • China PDF, China (in Chinese)
  • Czech Republic PDF, Czech Republic
  • Estonia PDF, Estonia
  • Germany PDF, Germany
  • Italy PDF, Italy
  • Kyrgyzstan PDF, Kyrgyztan(in Russian)
  • Mexico PDF, Mexico (in Spanish)
  • Morocco PDF, Morocco (in French)
  • Netherlands PDF, Netherlands
  • Pakistan PDF, Pakistan
  • Poland PDF, Poland
  • Russian Federation PDF, Russian Federation (in Russian)
  • Sao Tome and Principé PDF, Sao Tome and Principé(in French)
  • Serbia PDF, Serbia
  • Spain PDF, Spain (in Spanish)
  • Uzbekistan (in Russian) PDF, Uzbekistan

A database of the information provided and links to the various resources will be published shortly and updated on a regular basis.

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