USPTO’s AI/ET Partnership Seeks Ideas at the intersection of intellectual property and AI

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Mar 2, 2023


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  • The USPTO incentivizes and protects innovation, including that enabled by AI, to maintain U.S. leadership in emerging technologies.
  • The AI/ET (Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies) Partnership) platform allows stakeholders to share ideas and experiences on the intersection of intellectual property and AI/ET.
  • The partnership aims to foster collaboration and innovation to advance the development and adoption of AI and other emerging technologies.

USPTO seeks stakeholder input on AI technologies and inventorship issues

As someone interested in the future of AI and its impact on intellectual property, the USPTO wants your input. The USPTO recognizes that AI is playing an increasingly significant role in the innovation process and seeks to engage with stakeholders to inform its inventorship efforts and promote AI-enabled innovation.

To this end, the USPTO is pursuing three main avenues of engagement with stakeholders, as outlined below. Your participation in one or more of these avenues could help shape the future of intellectual property protection in the age of AI.

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

The USPTO is hosting a series of stakeholder engagement sessions to discuss the current state of AI technologies and inventorship issues that may arise, given the advancement of such technologies. These sessions provide a forum for stakeholders to share their experiences, insights, and feedback on how the USPTO can best incentivize and protect AI-enabled innovation.

Collaboration with Academia

The USPTO is partnering with academia through scholarly research to understand better the impact of AI on inventorship and intellectual property protection. This collaboration will inform the USPTO’s efforts to promote AI-enabled innovation and ensure continued U.S. leadership in emerging technologies.

Request for Written Comments

The USPTO also seeks written comments from stakeholders on the questions identified in section IV below. Your written comments can provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by AI-enabled innovation and inform the USPTO’s policies and practices in this area.

Questions for Stakeholder Input

The USPTO has identified several questions for stakeholder input, including:

  • What are the benefits and challenges of AI-enabled innovation from an intellectual property perspective?
  • How does AI impact inventorship and the identification of inventors?
  • What are the ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI-enabled innovation?
  • How can the USPTO best incentivize and protect AI-enabled innovation while ensuring that such innovation benefits society?

Your input on these questions can help shape the USPTO’s policies and practices related to AI-enabled innovation and inventorship. The USPTO encourages you to share your thoughts and experiences through one or more of the abovementioned avenues.


  1. The “Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society” accepts submissions for a particular issue, which can be made directly to the journal at [email protected] by July 1, 2023.
  2. To ensure consideration, general comments and responses to the questions identified in section IV must be received by May 15, 2023.


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