Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to a new digital frontier in today’s modern age. It is the simulation of human intelligence and processes into machines, most notably, computer systems. Basically, AI-powered machines or machine intelligence are programmed to adapt to daily human tasks through observation, learning, programming, and system coding. More than its fundamental role of adopting and performing human tasks, some other types of AIs are also known to produce visual effects, write songs, and create art.
On the other hand, intellectual property or IP refers to any work, creation, idea, or invention of the human intellect, to which one has rights, and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, or trademark rights and protection. Today, many businesses consider intellectual properties as a highly valuable asset. Though intangible, these IPs guarantee greater success and higher income more than any tangible asset can. For one, AIs are considered an IP of any business given that an individual or the organization itself produced the said AI at hand. To put it simply, companies that create an original AI machine or software are entitled and may file intellectual property rights and protection over these assets.
However, with all intellectual property laws, rights, and protection, which of these really govern artificial intelligence anyway? Below is a list of some of the most commonly used and applied for intellectual property laws that govern artificial intelligence:
Copyright is a type of law, right, or protection that relates to new original literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic works. Some specific examples of copyright include songs or audio, blog posts, architectural sketches, graphic designs, program codes, softwares, collections of data and other graphics, among others. A copyright law or protection grants the owner an exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, perform, or publish original work.
As for AIs, copyright protects the technological aspect of the product or creation from illegitimate and unauthorized utilization and reproduction. The creator/s and contributor/s to this technology should all be identified and tracked upon application for copyright so as to clearly set out and claim ownership over the said IP at hand.
More than copyright, companies can also secure products and services, which also includes AI, with digital locks. These digital locks provide jurisdictions and relief against unauthorized parties trying to get into your system and steal your assets.
Trademark or Brand
Trademarks are unique and can identify the source of products and services with which it is associated or connected. Trademarks may be granted to any word, group of words, taglines, logos, or symbols. Basically, trademarks are rights or protection granted on a company’s brand or identity, which helps consumers distinguish and identify a business from the rest of those in the market.
AIs are often stewards or mediums of a company’s important data and assets; hence, the need for organizations to apply for trademark or brand rights and protection over artificial intelligence. A strong trademark right or protection basically helps companies establish a unique and legitimate identity along with a strong reputation in the industry or market.
A patent protects an even more intangible asset, which is an idea or invention. Patents entitle the creator or owner to an exclusive right to produce, sell, and/or distribute his idea or invention in exchange for the idea or invention at hand’s public exposure and utilization.
AIs are computer softwares coded and programmed by humans. With that, anyone who comes up with AI technologies, softwares, or programs within the organization can apply for patency. In turn, this IP is granted rights and protection of the law. Therefore, no one else can claim that the idea or invention is his unless proven otherwise.
Given the importance of data, reports, and analytics, companies all over the world today continue to invest in researching and developing AI efforts in order to advance security, data processing, and mining capabilities. If you wish for your intellectual properties to be protected and granted legitimate rights, you may want to check out Aumento Intellectual Property Law Firm, which has some of the best and most experienced professionals and lawyers in the Philippines that could help you out with your intellectual property dilemmas.