Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations

Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to produce a new wave of innovation and creativity. At the same time, it poses novel challenges and opportunities for intellectual property (IP) policy, such as:

  • How do we ensure transparency and guard against bias without sacrificing the competitive edge that helps fuel innovation and commercial activity surrounding AI?
  • How will AI alter the management and organization of research, innovation, and commercialization?
  • What are the copyright implications when AI is used to create new works or when copyrighted works are used to “train” artificial intelligence systems?
  • How will AI affect trademark protection and branding?
  • How is AI being used to enforce IP rights, protect inventions, and create new business models?

These and similar critical questions about AI and IP will be examined at this all-day conference organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It will bring together leading thinkers, policy makers, academics, and practitioners to examine the growing capabilities of AI, its potential economic impacts, and implications for IP policy and law.

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu will deliver opening remarks. An exhibit featuring booths from a number of companies and institutions showcasing their AI technologies will run concurrently with the conference.


Six panels featuring IP specialists from around the world — including the United States, Canada, China, and Europe — will consider the topics listed below. View a draft agenda here.



Register to attend. There is no charge to attend the program. Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come basis. On-site registration will be possible, on a space-available basis, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Parking information and directions can be found here.

Requests to exhibit:

We are currently reviewing applications and will announce exhibitors in the coming weeks. Please check back for more information or email if you have questions about your application.


The program will be available for viewing online via LiveStream. A link will be posted here prior to the event.

Accessibility and additional information:

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about or request accommodations, or for non-press inquiries, please contact Kortney Hammonds at the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, telephone (571) 272-1626.