Response to UK IPO AI and IP Consultation

The government wants to make the UK a global centre for AI and data-driven innovation.

It has said that its mission is “to increase uptake of AI for the benefit of everyone in the UK. This includes ensuring AI technology works for the people and making sure the UK has the best environment for developing and using AI.”

In our response to this consultation, we include two particular suggestions to support the above mission and demonstrate UK leadership in this field:

  • a statutory modification of the definition of “inventor” to better accommodate the increasing use of AI technology (see our answer to Patents, Question 3).
  • a change in practice regarding the patentability of core AI technology to incentivise the UK development of such technology (see our answer to Patents, Question 7).

Download the full response below.

Date Published: 11 December 2020

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