Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a groundbreaking conference on the impact of artificial intelligence on the development of intellectual property. This week, the USPTO issued a follow-up notice, requesting comments on the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights issues that may be impacted by the rise of artificial intelligence.

The request sets out 13 questions on issues related to the scope of IP protection that should be afforded to works that may be created by artificial intelligence, such as: “Should a work produced by an AI algorithm or process, without the involvement of a natural person contributing expression to the resulting work, qualify as a work of authorship protectable under U.S. copyright law?” Comments on the questions can be submitted on or before December 16, and can be emailed to AIPartnership@uspto.gov.