Essay competition: “How will artificial intelligence change the practice of intellectual property law”

CREATe, together with TrademarkNow and SCRIPTed, invite contributions for an essay competition:

“How will Artificial Intelligence change the practice of Intellectual Property law”

For the last four years, CREATe has organized the AIIP workshop series on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property. During AIIP IV in Braga, the decision was taken to mark the end of the CREATe grant with an open essay competition on the underlying theme of the workshop series: “How will Artificial Intelligence change the practice of Intellectual Property law”. TrademarkNow, providing AI support for Trademark law since 2012, kindly agreed to sponsor the essay prize, and SCRIPTed, the peer-reviewed, student edited open access journal Journal of Law, Technology & Society at the University of Edinburgh, will publish the shortlisted papers.

We invite contributions that discuss the various IP problems that AI creates, as well as contributions on the use of artificial intelligence by IP lawyers of the future. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

▪ Artificial Intelligence systems as creators of art
▪ AIs as inventors
▪ Robots as users and consumers of IP protected digital assets
▪ “intelligent” DRM systems and copyright regulation through computer code.
▪ formal models of copyright law and legislation.
▪ information retrieval for copyright, trademark or patent registers
▪ intelligent e-discovery for IP litigation.
▪ decision support and expert systems for IP law.
▪ intelligent compliance support systems for copyright protected assets.
▪ AI supported mediation systems for IP disputes.

The winner of the competition will receive a Best Paper prize of € 300 and have their paper published in SCRIPTed. There will also be a “Best Student Paper” prize of € 200. All papers shortlisted after the blind review process will be published in the December 2016 issue of SCRIPTed.

How to participate:

Deadline for submission is the 30th August 2016.

All submissions should be send to, with the words “AIIP essay competition” in the subject line.

Candidates for the best student paper must have a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) as main author, and should state that they want to be considered for this prize (all papers automatically are considered also for Best Paper award). A style guide can be found here.

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