“Artificial intelligence heralds dramatic potential for growth for both the economy and for humans.” – Mark Purby, Accenture
You are invited to join Maucher Jenkins IP Happy Hour event on the 26 March 2019 in our Munich Office, where we will discuss hot Intellectual Property topics.
A significant increase in AI related patent applications has been recorded throughout the world within the last couple of years. A fact that is – looked at in isolation – no surprise in view of the AI’s rapid growth across a range of technical fields.
It is, however, not only the absolute number of worldwide patent applications that is increasing. In addition, AI related patent applications are about to “catch up” with scientific publications in this field of technology. Between 2012 and 2017, for example, the number of published AI related patent applications grew by an average of 28 percent per year vis-à-vis an annually growth of scientific publications by 5.6 percent, showing a rapidly growing importance attached to patenting AI related inventions.
The opening talk of the upcoming IP Happy Hour will focus on legal practice in Europe. As the European Patent Office (EPO) generally excludes computer programs or mathematical methods from patentability, questions of whether and under which conditions the EPO grants patents in this fast-developing field will be addressed. During the following open discussion, we are happy to answer any kind of question, such as the impact of patents on AI developments or patent procedures in general.