As companies are investing more and more into artificial intelligence, and AI technologies become more sophisticated, the outputs of those AI technologies are looking (and sounding) ever more human-like. Particularly in the area of audio (music) or visual (art) outputs, questions have been more frequently raised over whether works created using AI technologies are protected under current intellectual property laws.
If the current IP laws do not provide protection, it makes sense to consider whether extending protection would be more beneficial for innovation and creativity as a whole or whether it would backfire against the very human artists copyright laws were originally meant to protect. Reinterpreting existing copyright law to keep pace with the evolution of works becoming more computer-generated is at the center of this debate.
Also, click here to read Mammen’s recent Law360 article on “Must Inventors Be Humans? An Active Debate Over AI Patents”.
Carrie Richey ’s primary focus is patent infringement litigation and protection of computer-related technologies. She has represented major technology, unicorn, and social networking companies across multiple patent litigation matters. Richey practices in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Silicon Valley office.
Chris Mammen, D. Phil. is a veteran intellectual property litigator and thought leader in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He has been litigating patents and technology cases since the start of the first dot.com boom in the late 1990s. With the growth of artificial intelligence, he has emerged as a leading commentator on both AI in intellectual property law, and ethical issues surrounding using AI in law practice.