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The Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO) of the UZH and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) are offering an online conference on the topic: “IP Law Framework for AI – Legal and Business Status Quo – Outlook”

CIPCO cooperates with the IPI in a project on the chances and challenges that so-called artificial intelligence presents – both in Switzerland and globally – to the intellectual property law framework:

  • AI-based business models and their demands regarding an appropriate IP law framework
  • Applicability of traditional IP rights (IPRs) to AI tools generating IP and to IP generated by such tools?
  • Need for new types of IP rights
  • Tension between increasingly “creative” AI systems and the concept of human inventorship/authorship
  • Need to ensure third-party access to key AI systems and their output in order to safeguard innovation dynamics
  • Cornerstones for devising – and counseling on – an appropriate IPR portfolio strategy regarding AI
  • AI in IP transactions
  • Use of AI by IP offices

These and other issues will be evaluated in a series of online workshops that will culminate in a closed, on-site event focused on potential legislative and administrative actions to adapt the legal framework for intellectual property to the AI context.


The first workshops on 11 June 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m, will feature renowned speakers from different countries and different fields:

  • Prof. Ryan Abbott (Surrey University) – author of “The reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law”, originator of “The artificial inventor Project“.
  • Dr. Kate Gaudry (Partner Kilpatrick Townsend)
  • Prof. Daryl Lim (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Hansueli Stamm (Chief Economist, IPI)
  • Peter R. Thomsen (Manager IP Litigation & Policy, Division Corporate Intellectual Property, Novartis International AG)
  • Beat Weibel (Chief IP Counsel and Group Senior Vice President at Siemens)

Participation is free of charge. Prior registration is required at cipco@rwi.uzh.ch.

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