I just came away from my INTA Committee meeting where I learnt about the various ways in which IP offices around the world are starting to adopt AI within their systems and processes. 

IP Australia recently released a new AI assistant called Trademark Assist (http://assist.ipaustralia.gov.au/trademarks/welcome) to help users to search and file new trade mark applications online. IP Australia have also announced plans to make the necessary regulatory changes to enable them to use AI for examination of new applications. 

We heard from the USPTO about other developments in the area of image searching where the Japanese Trade Mark Office is working on a pilot to adopt a software tool to automate the searching of images for the purpose of examining logo or service marks. 

Recently the EU Commission released a paper looking at the use and regulation of AI. They concluded that while AI was necessary to the future of many industries, it was critical to put in place an ethical framework around its use. Importantly while AI can provide tools to improve efficiency and consistency, emotional intelligence, understanding a nuance or being empathetic are human characteristics which are difficult to replicate with computers. 

It will be interesting to see how AI is adopted by the various trade mark registries around the world and the extent to which they are adopted to assist with or replace functions currently carried out by human examiners.