AI and Intellectual Property, what are the current challenges?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an increasingly prevalent tool across various industries in recent years. With the growing use of AI, new challenges and questions have emerged concerning intellectual property (IP). In this article, we will discuss the current challenges related to the intersection of AI and IP. Beginning with a definition of AI and an overview of its evolution, we will then examine the questions raised by the proliferation of AI on Intellectual Property.

AI and Intellectual Property, what are the current challenges?
AI and Intellectual Property, what are the current challenges?
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Definition of AI and its evolution in recent years

AI refers to the ability of machines to perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence. It is a broad field that encompasses a range of techniques, including machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and robotics. In recent years, AI has evolved significantly, with advances in computing power, data storage, and algorithms. These developments have enabled AI to become more sophisticated and powerful, leading to its increased use in various industries, including technology, healthcare, finance, entertainment, marketing...

Indeed, according to a recent report from Grand View Research, the artificial intelligence market represented 136.55 billion USD in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 37.3% between 2023 and 2030. 

This will bring about numerous changes and opportunities in various sectors, but it also raises some important questions in terms of Intellectual Property.

Questions raised by the explosion of AI

As the use of AI continues to grow, it raises various questions and challenges regarding IP. Most of these questions are still at the discussion stage. As time goes by and regulation integrates the particularities linked to AI in the world of IP, a clearer perspective will be given. For now, we have gathered the most pressing issues that are araising from AI.

AI and Ownership of Intellectual Property

The use of AI in the creation of images, text, and even source code development may raise questions about who owns the intellectual property rights of the resulting creation. This can occur if the AI is programmed to generate content based on existing texts, images, code, or data, leading to disputes over ownership. 

AI and Infringement of Intellectual Property

AI systems that are not properly programmed or trained may inadvertently infringe on existing IP rights. For example, if an AI system is trained on copyrighted code and produces similar code, this could lead to infringement claims. The recent lawsuit against OpenAi is a good example of this risk of infringement. (cf

AI and Data protection

The use of AI in source code development may require the use of large amounts of data, some of which may be protected by privacy laws. If this data is not properly handled or used, it may result in violations of data protection laws. 

AI and Misuse of Intellectual Property

AI systems may be programmed to scrape or extract data from publicly available sources or competitor websites. Such activities may lead to potential IP infringement, trade secret misappropriation, or unfair competition claims. 

AI and Liability for infringement

Developers and users of AI systems may be held liable for any IP infringements committed by the system. As such, it is important to ensure that the AI systems are programmed and trained to avoid IP infringement. 

AI and Non-obvious inventions

AI may also generate inventions that are not obvious and that may be patentable. However, determining the patentability of such inventions may be challenging, as they may be the result of machine learning algorithms that are not easily understood. 

AI and Trade secrets

The use of AI in source code development may involve the use of trade secrets, such as algorithms, source code, or data. Proper safeguards should be in place to protect such trade secrets from misappropriation. 

AI and Open Source Software

The use of AI in source code development may involve the use of open source software. Developers should be aware of the licensing terms and conditions associated with such software to avoid potential violations. 

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In conclusion, the rise of AI poses various challenges regarding IP

In conclusion, the rise of AI poses various challenges and questions regarding IP. While the use of AI in various industries has led to new and innovative products and services, it has also created new challenges for IP owners and regulators. Companies that use AI in their products or services need to be aware of these challenges and risks, and develop strategies to protect their IP rights. At Vaultinum, we understand these challenges, which is why we offer a range of services designed to help companies navigate the complex legal and technical issues associated with AI. From IP Deposit to Tech Due Diligence, our solutions are designed to help companies protect their intellectual property and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technological innovation.


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Marine Yborra, CMO Vaultinum
Marine YBORRAMarine is our Marketing Director. She is a branding and brand activation specialist with international experience in BtoB and BtoC.

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