On 20 October 2020, the European Parliament put forward detailed legislative proposals on a civil liability regime for artificial intelligence. The European Commission will consider the proposals and reports submitted by the European Parliament, with its legislative proposal on these matters being expected in early 2021. Changes to EU Civil Liability Framework The proposal creates a two-fold liability regime consisting of “high-risk” AI systems and “other” AI systems. Common principles for operators of both high-risk and other AI-systems include: Operators cannot escape liability on the grounds that the harm was
Jason Lohr (San Francisco) held the first in a series of internal webinars on the basics and legal implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, highlighting their relevance to IPMT. AI touches nearly every industry and is used to solve complex problems, spot and minimize risks, improve decision-making, and develop new products. Key issues and tips for navigating this complex area were covered, including: The current state of AI and key concepts: As AI is still relatively new, the best way to develop a better understanding is to become familiar with
On 17 July 2019 we hosted our most recent Innovation Lounge at our Washington, D.C. office. The Innovation Lounge is an associate networking event series which focuses not only on IP-issues, but on healthcare, regulatory issues, and privacy issues. Summer associates, in-house counsel, IP associates, and members of advocacy groups listened to a panel of C-level executives and directors from Appian, Genesys, Results Redefined, and Frontpoint address concerns over data privacy, the balance of innovation and regulation, the changing face of healthcare, and how in the not-so distant future, anyone could
Join us on Thursday 19 September for our Privacy and Cybersecurity KnowledgeShare in London. We’ll share our latest thinking on the key privacy and cybersecurity issues faced by those with data protection responsibilities within organisations. Our all-day event will cover a lot of ground through incisive quick-fire presentations, Q&A panels and hands-on workshops. Topics will include: Nailing the basics – Fast insights into key issues such as lawful grounds for processing, people’s rights and DPIAs. Enforcement – What the risk-based approach truly means. Privacy challenges of the digital economy – AI,
On May 1, 2019, the National institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register regarding ongoing efforts to develop technical standards for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the identification of priority areas for federal involvement in AI standards-related activities. Responses to the RFI are due by May 31, 2019. The RFI comes in response to President Trump’s Executive Order to Maintain American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, which among other actions directs NIST to develop a plan to guide the federal government’s engagement
Hogan Lovells partner Winston Maxwell spoke at the executive roundtable on artificial intelligence and online hate speech, organised on January 31, 2019 by CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe. The goal of the roundtable was to discuss what measures should be adopted to fight hate speech online and to look at the pros and cons of using machine-learning in that context.
An ever increasing variety of companies are incorporating machine learning into their products and services. Machine learning provides the ability to quickly and accurately perform, in parellel, a large number of well-defined tasks. The accuracy will improveover time as additional data is obtaied and the machine learning model continues to “learn”. Many companies, however, are struggling with the best way to protect machine learning and artificial intelligence innovation. In amchine learning, statistical models (ie, neural networks) are trained using a set of classified data. Once trained, the model can analyse
Capable of identifying novel compounds for therapeutic use, AI is saving time and costs in a process that can take around 10 to 15 years and billions of pounds to complete. For the pharmaceutical industry, which has traditionally relied on patents to protect innovation and fund R&D, this should be good news, but is an intelligent machine’s output really patentable? This article, first published in Intellectual Property Magazine, October 2018, explores just some of the issues. Clever algorithm or autonomous robot? “AI” is used to describe multiple technologies with a range
On September 6, the sixth Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup took place at Google’s German headquarters in Hamburg. The Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup is an event series initiated by Nico Kuhlmann (Hogan Lovells). The gathering of stakeholders aims at elaborating new ways of adapting legal services to digitalisation by further enhancing interdisciplinary and inter-industry exchange in the field of legal tech. This meetup’s technical focus was on artificial intelligence and particularly machine learning while the legal spotlight focused on how in-house counsel and external law firms are going to cooperate well under the
The preview-version of the EPO’s Guidelines for Examination is out now (link here), and, for the first time ever, there is specific guidance on patenting AI applications – Are there any surprises in the Guidelines? Earlier this year the European Patent Office (“EPO”) held its first ever conference on patenting artificial intelligence (“AI”). Following intensive discussions on the impact of AI in the patents sector, the EPO promised to update its Guidelines for Examination, to provide specific guidance on the examination of AI applications under existing computer-implemented inventions (“CII”) practice
Innovation, products & managing risk – Navigating global challenges for you and your products Our 2018 Global Products Law Summit in London is brought to you this year in collaboration with our Global Insurance Team, and focuses on all things product safety, compliance, and product liability. Valerie Kenyon, Matthew Felwick and Victor Fornasier, leading Products Law partners in our London office, along with London insurance lawyer Clare Douglas will provide insights on cyber security risks, the use of AI, its corresponding regulation, as well as practical implications for product manufacturers and overlapping issues.
In this new article in Financier Worldwide, IP Partners Zenas J. Choi and Cullen G. Taylor take a look at how businesses should develop strategies to turn a wealth of raw data into valuable assets by harnessing the power of new tech and capturing the value that legal solutions provide. The following key areas are covered: What is data commercialisation? The unseen value of your company data Technological considerations Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including IP rights protection Blockchain ledgers and smart contracts, including proving IP ownership Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning,
The buzz regarding the potential for artificial intelligence (“AI”) to revolutionise our lives is inescapable. Development of AI technology is a huge growth area, and investors are banking on an “AI boom” in everything from cybersecurity and healthcare. The capabilities and achievements of AI in some areas are certainly astonishing – self-driving cars are no longer theoretical but a reality, and AlphaGo is now arguably the strongest Go player in history. But the picture isn’t all rosy, which the Economist has recently described as a ‘Techlash’ against the digital giants.
On 16 April 2018 the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence published a wide-ranging report on the status of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the UK. The report, entitled “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” (available here), provides comprehensive coverage of critical issues relevant to the development and use of AI in the UK, such as the potential bias in AI systems; the need for AI systems to be intelligible; funding, education and training in the AI sector; and risk mitigation. The Chairman of the Select Committee,
Everything from healthtech to self-driving vehicles, to education and smart homes, drones and space, social media, and beyond is being affected. These new technologies present a variety of commercial opportunities and the potential to change our daily lives. At the same time, new AI innovations bring many legal, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges that need to be considered thoughtfully across jurisdictions. In some instances, existing frameworks can be applied or adapted. For others, new paradigms and robust safeguards may be needed. And as machine-learning technologies continue to evolve, organizations will
Nothing challenges the effectiveness of data protection law like technological innovation. You think you have cracked a technology neutral framework and then along comes the next evolutionary step in the chain to rock the boat. It happened with the cloud. It happened with social media, with mobile, with online behavioural targeting and with the Internet of Things. And from the combination of all of that, artificial intelligence is emerging as the new testing ground. 21st century artificial intelligence relies on machine learning, and machine learning relies on…? You guessed it:
2017 was a year of widespread political, technological and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. We’re here to help: we have published our second annual Global IP Outlook. The Outlook reflects on some of the major developments in intellectual property law and emerging and growing industries. Regardless of your industry or specialism the Outlook will provide you with valuable insight into the changes and their impact on your products, services and business. Please do let us know
On Thursday 4 May 2017, Hogan Lovells’ Tech Hub hosted Azeem Azhar, renowned strategist, product entrepreneur and writer, who spoke about the current status and implications of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). Science fiction or science fact: the current AI boom Far from being a futuristic ambition, we are living in a world where countless daily activities are powered by AI. Whilst Artificial General Intelligence may yet be a few years away, we are seeing applications of Artificial Narrow Intelligence across a range of use cases from virtual personal assistants to news
As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the second of two entries on the March 9th FinTech Forum. Today’s post focuses blockchain technologies. Coverage of the opening remarks and the AI discussion may be found here. Blockchain Technologies The panel discussions on blockchain technologies reflected the nascent stage of the technology, with industry representatives expressing confusion over the applicability of current regulation, and regulators expressing a
On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on issues in FinTech. Previous FinTech Forums covered marketplace lending and crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments. In opening remarks, the FTC acknowledged the benefits of technological developments in AI and blockchain technologies: AI promises better decision-making and personalized consumer technologies, while blockchain technologies would increase the efficiency of financial transactions and eliminate the need for the middleman, among other
In a March 17 live stream webinar, a panel of academic all-stars will discuss the key legal and tech trends for 2017, including regulation of artificial intelligence, the disruptive potential of blockchain, competition law and big data, global privacy and copyright trends, and the future of net neutrality. Our panel will also share insights into the tech priorities of the Trump administration, and key China developments. Hogan Lovells partner and former FTC Commissioner, Julie Brill, will chair the panel, which includes Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”, Phil Weiser,
Please join us for our January 2017 Privacy and Cybersecurity Events. January 11 Japan’s 2017 Data Privacy and Tech Agenda Julie Brill and Harriet Pearson will host a presentation by two of Japan’s most senior officials and authorities on recent changes to Japan’s privacy law and the establishment of a new Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC). Yoshikazu Okamoto, Director of the PPC Secretariat, will present on the mission and agenda of the PPC, the requirements and implementation timeline of the new law, and Japan’s international engagement on these issues. Professor
Please join us for our July 2016 Privacy and Cybersecurity Events. July 6 Territorial Reach of Data Protection Law Eduardo Ustaran will chair a panel on “The Weltimmo case in the European Court on the territorial reach of DP law” at the Privacy Laws & Business International Conference. Location: Cambridge, UK July 7 Artificial Intelligence Julie Brill will speak on the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence technologies in the near term at a White House and NYU Workshop. Location: New York, New York July 12 Privacy