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IP strategist: Will artificial intelligence replace IP strategy?

By Nigel Swycher

Artificial intelligence is already affecting the way we conduct R&D and may even change the way we think about invention. But it will only make the job of the IP strategist more important

Just because DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) beat Go master Lee Sedol in 2016 does not mean we should be counting down the days until humans are replaced by machines. However, the technology behind AlphaGo will undoubtedly have a big impact on all kinds of industrial domain, with intellectual property being no exception. In April the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) organised a panel on Artificial Intelligence: New Frontiers and New Challenges, which speculated on ways in which AI might affect inventions and intellectual property. These musings provide a good starting point for thinking about how this new technology could change the everyday work of IP strategists.

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