Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the Russian IP Office

Published: May 19, 2021

As part of the Association’s ongoing efforts to support intellectual property offices (IPOs) worldwide as they project themselves into the future, INTA participated in a virtual conference hosted by Rospatent, the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, on April 22.

Titled, “Digital Transformation: IP & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trends,” the event leveraged The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Future Report to trigger discussion around the evolving role of IPOs.

INTA has been engaging IPOs in Europe and globally since its release last November of the Report, developed by a think tank composed of 14 current and former heads of IPOs from Australia, Canada, Chile, Europe, France, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. The experts explored three key themes: the evolution of the intellectual property (IP) system, future challenges and opportunities, and the key features that an IPO of the future should have.

Given the increasingly evident potential of AI as it pertains to the work of IPOs, the Report considers the emerging technology’s application in a variety of ways. Speaking as part of a panel dedicated to the “IPO of the Future,” INTA Chief Representative Officer—Europe, Hélène Nicora, presented these findings, touching on how AI is currently being used by IPOs as well as looking at its potential application 15 years from now.

The Report recommends that an IPO should “immediately assimilate AI in its workflow,” intentionally conveying a sense of urgency among IPOs to embrace and even champion this new technology. As the Report notes, this will help IPOs become more agile and improve efficiency in the delivery of IP services while also giving them time to consider the potential consequences on human resources and the quality, timeliness, and consistency of services.

Participating on the same panel, representatives from the Eurasian Patent Office, the European Patent Office, and Rospatent unanimously agreed that IPOs should begin immediately using AI. However, they stressed that it must be integrated with a human-centric approach.

Rospatent Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property Yury Zubov said the Office appreciated the advantages AI could provide in the long term and has already taken significant steps in deploying the technology for trademarks, patents, and designs-related services.  

Noting that Rospatent has been actively working with AI technologies since 2015, he said, “At first, we introduced these technologies to help our examiners and experts simplify some routine operations, but over time, with the development of AI together with our worldview and given the nationwide direction towards a human-centric approach, we began to implement the tools to meet the needs of citizens and businesses, to develop them to make applicants’ interaction with our Office faster, easier, and fully digital.”

In addition to participating in this conference, INTA hosted three “IPO of the Future” regional dialogues during its 2021 Leadership Meeting earlier this month, for IPOs from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

INTA assembled the think tank after several IPOs approached the Association in 2019 to provide guidance on their national IP strategies for the future. INTA facilitated the IPO of the Future Think Tank and subsequently created two additional think tanks to look at the future of in-house teams and law firms, respectively. The three reports are accessible here.

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