Robots Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights: An Analytical Study

  • 27 Jan 2024
  • Published Resarch - Law


Alaa Shaheen

Published in

University of Sharjah (UOS) Journal of Law Sciences, volume 20, NO. 4, December 2023.



WIPO had published a draft list of issues about intellectual property policies & artificial intelligence in 2019, calling on member states and concerned parties to submit suggestions and comments on it. The problem of the relationship between AI and IP rights arises through consideration of two issues: the first is related to the robot’s acquisition of IP rights, and the second is related to the civil and criminal accountability of the robot in case of infringement of such rights, which will be addressed in the next part of this study. This study shows that Arab and foreign laws do not keep pace with technological development, as they are unable to identify the author or inventor with regard to works and inventions created by artificial intelligence. To what extent would it be acceptable to create an exception to the requirement of human authorship or invention to accommodate robots which can provide society with more intangible wealth just like humans, instead of limiting their business to the crucible of the public domain? It is only a matter of time until such problems will be raised in the corridors of the courts and arbitration centers, but the question remains: are the Arab and comparative legal systems equipped to deal with such problems? The question this study will address in a comparative analytical manner will contribute to filling the legal gap through the proposals it will present. This will open the door to more in-depth studies regarding other legal problems raised by the presence of robots in our lives in the foreseeable future. It will also lay the foundation for a law on robots similar to those in Europe, Japanese and South Korean.

Keywords: Robot, Copyright, Inventor rights.

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