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WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Frontier Technologies

What is the WIPO Conversation?

The WIPO Conversation is an open, inclusive, multi-stakeholder forum intended to provide stakeholders with a leading, global setting to discuss the impact of frontier technologies on all IP rights and to bridge the existing information gap in this fast moving and complex field.

The sessions of the Conversation have a truly global reach. Over the last 5 years, almost 9’000 people have participated in the WIPO Conversation, from 172 countries, including Member States, academia, IP professionals and enterprises.

Ninth session of the WIPO Conversation on "Training the Machines – Bytes, Rights and the Copyright Conundrum"

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is accelerating technological progress, revolutionizing industries, and reshaping the way we interact with each other and the information around us. Advances in AI models, especially large language models, and GenAI, are revolutionizing many areas of our lives and proving to be a powerful tool for how we innovate and create. 

Training data is central to the success of all current AI systems. The quality of data directly influences the performance and reliability of AI systems across various applications, and access to diverse training data is also one of the important safeguards against AI bias.

A great proportion of the training data currently used by large language models is collected from publicly available sources, for example, by scaping the Internet. The data sets often contain works such as text, images, designs, and music, which are copyright protected.

The ninth session of the WIPO Conversation provided a platform for deep exploration, aiming to understand the multifaceted relationship between training data and IP. By evaluating current practices, proposing practical solutions, and envisioning future directions, this session fostered a holistic understanding of the impact of training data on the IP landscape.

March 13 and 14, 2024

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Previous sessions of the WIPO Conversation

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Artificial Intelligence and IP

The eighth session covered impact of GenAI on creation of music, images, and other forms of content and a multitude of IP questions related to it.

The sixth session focused on AI inventions and how IP Offices worldwide are supporting AI.

The first three sessions of the WIPO Conversation looked at AI and IP policy and discussed general questions.

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Intellectual Property and the Metaverse

The seventh session looked at the wide spectrum of frontier technologies enabling the metaverse, such as AI, blockchain and the NFTs, emerging AR and VR technologies, the Internet of Things and data processing and discussed the challenges the metaverse poses to the existing IP system.

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New Technologies for Intellectual Property Administration

The fifth session looked at the new technologies and assessed their possible uses in IP administration and registration as well as the disruption they may cause to the IP system. It encouraged information sharing across all stakeholders from IPOs to private enterprises and sharing diverse views from IP professionals, innovators, creators and individuals.

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Data and IP 

The fourth session discussed some of the background to the current data debates including what data is and why this intangible asset increasingly matters and is changing how we do business, innovate and create.