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Workshop series: AI and Intellectual Property (IP) Law

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

From: 11 Jun, 2021
15:00 - 18:00
To: 11 Jun, 2021
15:00 - 18:00
Organizer: Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (UZH) - Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Languages: English
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