Artificial Intelligence

Robot inventors are on the rise. But are they welcomed by the patent system?

Granting patent rights to AI-created inventions may expedite innovation, enabling advances that would not have been possible through human ingenuity alone. Image: REUTERS

Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Yoon Chae

Prior Fellow, World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Intellectual Property Associate, Baker McKenzie

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Global investment in artificial intelligence is growing rapidly Image: Sachin Chitturu et al., Artificial Intelligence and Southeast Asia’s Future, McKinsey Global Institute (2017)
Number of AI patents granted by country: 2000-2016 Image: Hidemichi Fujii and Shunsuke Managi
People overall have a positive attitude towards robotics and AI Image: Tatjana Evas, European Parliamentary Research Service

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