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European Patent Office teams up with AI research society

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EPO collaboration deal with Ellis covers intellectual property outreach, education and training activities for researchers

The European Patent Office has signed a memorandum of understanding with a society of artificial intelligence research laboratories to aid innovation and intellectual property awareness around AI.

A three-year collaboration agreement between the EPO and the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (Ellis) signed on 25 March sets out their intent to “exchange relevant AI-related experience, and jointly promote outreach initiatives relating to innovation in AI”, the EPO said on 1 April.

It added that the two would organise common education and training activities, and exchange insights into policy developments. The deal shows the “prime importance” both organisations place on intellectual property, according to the EPO.

Ellis was founded in 2018 and is made up of 30 AI research units at institutions in 13 European countries and Israel.