AI and New Emerging Technologies Meeting at the EPO in Berlin
In June 2020 the task force intends to publish a document for work in the area of AI and new emerging technologies to be submitted to the heads of the five offices. The five offices of the joint Task Force are the EPO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The new task force will explore the legal, technical and policy aspects of new technologies and AI. They will look at how sharing best practice can benefit the offices in areas such as employing AI to improve the patent grant process, applying the patentability requirements to inventions in the field of AI, and handling applications for inventions created by AI.
“This task force is the IP5 offices’ first joint response to a changing global patenting landscape and evolving user needs in the field,” said Christoph Ernst, the EPO’s Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs, opening the event. He added: “New emerging technologies and AI touch upon almost every aspect of daily life and seem to question the traditional models for the generation and utilisation of knowledge flows and decision-making. This translates into considerable challenges in IP, and the task force is a chance for us to demonstrate that we, as the world’s leading offices, are agile and responsive to change.”