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On 18 December 2020, the UK House of Lords Liaison Committee on AI published a new report, AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency.  The report considers the UK government’s progress against the recommendations made by the Select Committee on AI in their 2018 report, AI in the UK: ready, willing and able? The report contains a series of new recommendations covering public understanding of AI, use of data, ethics, public trust and regulation, jobs and…

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently launched a new service called Trade Mark Pre-Apply. This is a new online tool which uses AI powered checks and searches to help people who have not applied for a trade mark before and who have little or no knowledge of the application process, to improve their chances of successfully registering a trade mark. The aim for the UKIPO is to bring some cost and resource saving…

The recent judgment of the High Court of England and Wales in the DABUS case ([2020] EWHC 2412 (Pat)) has made one thing abundantly clear. For now at least, an AI machine cannot be construed as an inventor within the meaning of the Patents Act 1977. However, this arguably raises more questions than it answers. Is it time, in light of the increased advent of AI in technological development, that this position is reviewed? The…

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has released a report that considers how AI could better support, enable and potentially replace human judgement throughout a trademark’s lifecycle. Birgit Clark is the Lead Knowledge Lawyer for our global IP and technology practice group. On behalf of CITMA, Birgit joined ten leading names in legal technology and regulation to debate, discuss and dissect perspectives on law tech, Click here to read more.

The ICO, together with The Alan Turing Institute, recently published its finalised guidance on explaining decisions made with AI, following a public consultation which closed in January this year. Who should read this? The guidance is relevant for any organisation using, or thinking of using, AI to support or make decisions about individuals (including if you are procuring an AI system from a third party).It will be of particular use for DPOs, and legal…

The accelerated rate with which people have embraced a more digital society and more tech-dependent ways of working has also given rise to challenges and issues when it comes to privacy and data security. Raffaele Giarda, Amy de la Lama and Francesca Gaudino discuss data protection issues associated with telework, the inevitable increase in cybersecurity risks, and privacy and security challenges, resulting from increased usage of AI and M2M. Join our panel of experts as they continue to reveal the…

NHS AI Lab has released a short buyer’s checklist to guide organisations through procuring AI solutions. It’s been published in light of COVID-19 – the pandemic presents a huge opportunity to accelerate the uptake of innovative digital solutions at scale. In the UK, healthcare organisations are receiving multiple proposals for AI healthcare applications. This could ease the burden on hospitals facing enormous demands on time and clinical resource. The guide focuses on providing assurance that…

Robots are now writing our daily news instead of journalists. No wonder, artifical intelligence (AI) is considered one of the most transformative technologies of our times. Much has been written about how AI will affect copyright and patent laws and change established concepts such as “author” and “inventor”. Decisions on those topics are now emerging, and without surprise, mostly from China where tech and AI are already used on a daily basis in shopping, the…

“AI in the Time of Coronavirus” tackles how companies and governments are using technology to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak and alleviate its effects. The episode also contains discussion on the interconnected privacy and cybersecurity issues that come with investment in technological solutions during crises. With big data, predictive analytics, social media, and surveillance technology as just some of the key points, Raffaele Giarda, Jay Ruan, and Paolo Sbuttoni have an insightful conversation on how the modern world faces…

On February 19, 2020 the ICO published its draft guidance on the AI auditing framework for public consultation, which is open until April 1, 2020. We have summarised the key themes below. What is the draft guidance? The draft guidance, which runs to over 100 pages, provides advice and recommendations on how to understand data protection law in relation to artificial intelligence. It clarifies how to assess the data protection risks posed by AI and…