September 28

2017

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, Patentability trends in the Life Sciences and Recent developments of the EU Unitary Patent System

【Overview】

This seminar shall take a closer look at the current developments in intellectual property law in the EU and Japan. Experts from Europe and Japan will provide most recent information on the following subjects which are closely related to business activities:

a)       The EU Unitary Patent is approaching the final stretch, despite different legal issues in several European member states. The presentation will address the latest preparation steps, the current status of the system and the first steps to take after the start of the Provisional Application Phase.

b)       With the recent boom of Artificial Intelligence, more and more creative works and inventions are the results of non-human authors and inventors. Computer algorithms and learning machines have become a new source of creativity and inventiveness. Are the results generated by AI eligible to legal protection under Japanese and European copyright and patent statutes, and in whom do such rights vest? Two presentations will cover AI and copyright and AI and patent issues.

c)        In Europe, particular issues arise in the rapidly growing field of life science and biotechnology inventions such as nucleic acids, genes, proteins and organisms, where patentable subject matter may be limited by way of legal provisions. A presentation will reflect the steadily developing interpretation of the EPC concerning biotechnology in interaction with EU law.

1. Mr. Christian Kau, Preu Bohlig & Partner – Dusseldorf office 
"Update on the EU Unitary Patent System"

2. Mr. Axel Oldekop, Preu Bohlig & Partner – Dusseldorf office
"Artificial Intelligence and Copyright in the European Union"

3. Mr. Grant Tanabe, Ms Ayuko Nemoto, Sonderhoff Einsel 
"The Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its IP Law Aspects in Japan"

4. Ms Noriko Otani, Tokyo City University
"Music demonstration of a work made in collaboration between an AI and a musician"

5. Mr. Christian EinselPrüfer & Partner, Munich
"Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Patents in the European Union"

6. Mr. Felix Einsel, Sonderhoff Einsel
"Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its IP Law Aspects in Japan PartII: Patents"

7. Mr. Dorothea Hofer, Prüfer & PartnerMunich 
"The Recent Practice of the European Patent Office regarding Life Sciences/Biotechnology"

8. Ms Toshiko Takenaka, University of Washington School of Law
"Patent protection in AI and life science/biotechnology Comments from US perspective"

**See Agenda**

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