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WIPO’s Second Session of Conversation on IP and AI Ends with Outline of Next Steps

12-Jul-2020 | Source : WIPO | Visits : 2130

GENEVA - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced in a press release that it has ended its Second Session of the Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), with Director General Francis Gurry outlining the next steps in a process designed to help clarify the most-pressing IP policy-related questions in the dynamic and fast-growing field of AI.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second installment of the conversation was held as a virtual meeting from July 7-9, 2020. Over 2,000 people from 130 countries, including representatives of member states, academic, scientific and private organizations, followed the deliberations. More than 50 speakers from a diverse range of organizations spoke during the meeting, underlining the timeliness and magnitude of the discussion on IP and AI. The Conversation was chaired by Ambassador François Rivasseau, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.

In closing the meeting, Mr. Gurry said that WIPO will continue to foster dialogue by publishing on its web site all written interventions received within two weeks following the meeting’s closure and hold a Third Session of the Conversation on AI and IP at a later date in 2020.

The WIPO Secretariat will also begin working on outlining preliminary considerations stemming from the many questions raised by AI for IP policy for the consideration of member states and other stakeholders. During the proceedings, Mr. Gurry said the Secretariat would study a member state delegate’s suggestion to develop a priority list of questions on the IP-AI topic.

“The engagement in this second session of the Conversation on IP and AI by such a large and diverse audience shows the wide understanding of the importance of dialogue on AI and IP to encourage the future of creativity and innovation, even amid the economic uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and a rapidly digitalizing world,” said Mr. Gurry. “Even as international attention is rightly focused on moving beyond the pandemic, it is wonderful that so many in the IP community have convened again to evaluate the eventual impacts of AI on policy related to intellectual property, which has grown over the years into a major driver of economic growth.”


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