UN agency finds US, Asian companies seek most AI patents

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Associated Press
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Thu, 2019-01-31 (All day)

GENEVA: The UN’s intellectual property organization says
companies in Japan, South Korea and the US are the top filers of
patent applications involving artificial intelligence.
The World Intellectual Property Organization has issued a first
report aiming to show trends in AI, seen as a growth area in coming
years, although still a tiny fraction of all patent applications
each year.
WIPO said Thursday that machine learning is the dominant AI
technique disclosed in patents.
The report provides little in the way of analysis, such as what
WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry called the “huge question”
about whether artificial intelligence is “replacing or displacing
employment.”
It found that IBM and Microsoft have the most AI patent
applications, followed by Toshiba, Samsung and NEC.
WIPO’s figures run through 2016, the most recent data
available.

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UN agency finds US, Asian companies seek most AI patents