USPTO Hears Mixed Views On AI Copyright Protections

By Tiffany Hu (January 16, 2020, 7:56 PM EST) -- Should works created by artificial intelligence be entitled to copyright protection? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently received public comments on the topic, including from two major intellectual property groups that took opposing views.

In late October, the USPTO filed a Federal Register notice seeking public comments on the policy implications associated with extending copyright protections to works produced by artificial intelligence, and whether AI might also impact trademark law and trade secret law. The deadline to submit comments, originally set for December, was extended to Friday.

Among those who weighed in was the American Intellectual Property Law Association, which...

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