Second session of the WIPO Conversation on IP & AI
Between 7 and 9 July the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) organised the second session of the Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence. The first session was held last September. On its basis, WIPO published the Draft Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence on which the interested public then submitted comments. In May, WIPO issued the Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence that has been the basis of the second meeting.
This 3-day event focused on different issues. The topic of the first day was IP protection for AI-generated and AI-assisted works and inventions and related topics. The second day analysed the questions of patentability, inventive step and disclosure. On the third day copyright exceptions, data rights and trade secrets were discussed. Each day, introductory presentations were followed by interventions of different stakeholders (from individuals, different organisations, such as Creative Commons and the international International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to corporations, such as Google and IBM as well as representatives of member states, including the EU). The event was hosted by Mr. François Rivasseau, whereas Francis Gurry, the General Director of WIPO, have the introductory, final and summary speech. The video of the event is published here and the written interventions will bi available on WIPO’s website.
Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič took part of the event as representative of Communia who fully supports the statement of Creative Commons given by Brigitte Vezina during the first and third day of the event.
On Monday, 14 September 2020 the Public consultation on digital access to European cultural heritage was closed. The purpose of the public consultation was that the European Commission receives feedback on its Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation from the interested stakeholders. Among others, Communia submitted its response as well, outlining the need for adaptation to the ever changing digital world.
Last week the deadline for responses to the European Commission’s Targeted consultation addressed to the participants to the stakeholder dialogue on Article 17 of the CDSM Directive came to a close. Yesterday 14 September 2020, civil society organisations sent to Commissioner Breton a joint letter summarising their responses to the Commission’s consultation document and emphasising the importance of user rights protection.
On Wednesday, 9 September 2020, the General Court published its long-awaited judgement in the “Teran” case (Case T-626/17), which started already back in 2017, and dismissed Slovenia’s action for annulment of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1353 of 19 May 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 as regards the wine grape varieties and their synonyms that may appear on wine labels, pursuant to which the designation ‘Teran’ may be used on the labels of Croatian wines, produced in Istra region.
After three successfully organised virtual “salons”, Communia will, in cooperation with #NoWorries project, organise the fourth one “Which digital policies work for cultural heritage in 2020s?” on Thursday, 17 September 2020. You are welcome to attend!