Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy

WIPO is leading a Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (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.

AI has emerged as a general-purpose technology with widespread applications throughout the economy and society and is having a significant impact on the creation, production and distribution of economic and cultural goods and services. The Conversation on AI and IP policy aims to provide a forum to advance the understanding of the IP issues involved.

Overview and next steps in the process

WIPO held a First Session of the Conversation on AI and IP in September 2019. On December 13, 2019 WIPO 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 and taken into accound in the Revised Issues Paper PDF, Revised Issues Paperpublished on May 29, 2020.

A second session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI took place by way of a virtual meeting on July 7-9, 2020. Over 2,000 people from 130 countries, including representatives of member states, academic, scientific and private organizations joined the meeting to discuss a number of the issues raised in the Revised Issues Paper.

WIPO will publish all written interventions on its website as soon as possible. All parties are invited to submit any further interventions and comments by email to ai2ip@wipo.int by July 24, 2020.

WIPO will further continue to foster the dialogue and hold a Third Session of the Conversation on AI and in November 2020. WIPO will also to develop preliminary considerations for IP policy on a number of questions raised by AI for IP policy for discussion by member states and other stakeholders.

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
May 29, 2020 Publication of Revised Issues Paper on IP Policy and AI
July 7-9, 2020 (virtual) WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Second Session
July 24, 2020 Deadline for further written interventions and comments on the Second Session
November 2020 (date tbc) WIPO Conversation on IP and AI: Third Session

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.

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.

Submissions received on the Draft Issue Paper

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.
  • Australia PDF, Australia
  • Austria PDF, Austria
  • Bahrain PDF, Bahrain
  • Belgium PDF, Belgium
  • Brazil PDF, Brazil
  • Brunei PDF, Brunei
  • Bulgaria PDF, Bulgaria
  • Burundi PDF, Burundi (in French)
  • Canada PDF, Canada
  • Chile PDF, Chile(in Spanish)
  • China PDF, China (in Chinese)
  • Croatia PDF, Croatia
  • Czech Republic PDF, Czech Republic
  • Estonia PDF, Estonia
  • Finland  PDF, Finland
  • France  PDF, France(in French)
  • Germany PDF, Germany
  • Greece PDF, Greece
  • Hungary PDF, Hungary
  • Iceland PDF, Iceland
  • Italy PDF, Italy
  • Japan PDF, Japan
  • Jordan PDF, Jordan (in Arabic)
  • Kyrgyzstan PDF, Kyrgyztan(in Russian)
  • Mexico PDF, Mexico (in Spanish)
  • Morocco PDF, Morocco (in French)
  • Netherlands PDF, Netherlands
  • Pakistan PDF, Pakistan
  • Poland PDF, Poland
  • Republic of Korea PDF, Republic of Korea
  • Russian Federation PDF, Russian Federation (in Russian)
  • Sao Tome and Principé PDF, Sao Tome and Principé(in French)
  • Serbia PDF, Serbia
  • Singapore PDF, Singapore
  • Slovakia PDF, Slovakia
  • Slovenia PDF, Slovenia
  • Spain PDF, Slovakia (in Spanish)
  • Switzerland PDF, Switzerland
  • Thailand PDF, Thailand
  • Turkey PDF, Turkey
  • Ukraine PDF, Ukraine (in Russian)
  • United Kingdom PDF, United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan (in Russian) PDF, Uzbekistan
  • Viet Nam PDF, Viet Nam

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