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How AI pushes the boundaries of Intellectual Property

A joint article with Nikola Neftenov

AI has been the subject of science fiction for some time. The science fiction of yesterday is the reality of today. Virtual agents, sapient algorithms, and robots have invaded our lives. Today, AI can write news and novels, generate artwork, and write and perform music. AI and machine learning challenge the traditional legal notions of intellectual property (IP), such as “copy,” “originality,” “creator,” “author,” or “inventiveness.”

Can AI be an author? Can AI be an inventor? Can AI co-author a work with humans? Who is going to own works and inventions generated by AI…

A review of good practices in innovation funding, start-up visas, e-residency, and venture capital investment from the UK, Estonia, Italy, Tunisia, and Mauritius.

A joint article with Nikola Neftenov

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Joint article with Nikola Neftenov

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Artificial intelligence (AI) can help address the COVID-19 pandemics— if applied responsibly and ethically.

AI has emerged as a powerful technology for processing massive amounts of information, and as such it can be used to benefit mankind. However, it can also be used as a tool for creating fake documents, images, videos, or even identities, and for perpetuating existing human biases. In our quest for human betterment, we should not forget that AI is not a being, but merely an instrument towards achieving the common good.

The spread of COVID-19 is stretching operational systems in…

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As governments around the globe scramble to address the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for medicines, medical supplies, diagnostics and treatments. Shortages of available medicines and medical devices overwhelm hospitals and caregivers. However, many of these life-saving drugs, treatments and medical supplies are protected by patent rights. Patents are monopoly rights, granted by the government to patent holders, that exclude others from making, using or selling a patented invention. …

Joint article with Nikola Neftenov and Bratislav Stankovic*

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We are experiencing a technological and social revolution moving with exponential velocity. Innovative technological trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, augmented and virtual reality, emerge and converge, generating what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

This revolution is different due to the extensiveness of its scope and the vitality of its impact on human interaction and identity, distribution, production, and consumption systems around the globe. It is pervasive and non-linear; oftentimes its consequences cannot be anticipated with certainty. …

With its relatively low cost of maintenance, increased transparency, reduced administrative burden and resilience to fraud, blockchain is a versatile technology that can be deployed in a whole host of different sectors and businesses. So what is blockchain, and could this disruptive technology have any application for management of intellectual property rights?

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Blockchain technology is a way of creating a shared database, which can record and track transactions and assets. In theory, any database or ledger could be created and maintained using blockchain.
Blockchain is not governed by one single user, so no centralised version of a ledger exists. Instead, it…

Blockchain offers significant opportunities in terms of scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the technology could replace, such as settlement, trading or accounting systems. However, blockchain also comes with certain inherent challenges. For example, there will be unique issues concerning ownership of data residing on decentralized ledgers and intellectual property ownership of blockchain-as-a-service offerings operating on open source blockchain technology platforms.

In its simplest form, blockchain is a decentralized technology or distributed ledger on which transactions are anonymously recorded. The transaction ledger is maintained simultaneously across a network…

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) encompasses clusters of transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), internet of things (IoT), drones, and autonomous vehicles, biotechnologies, virtual and augmented reality, and blockchain, along with technologies and capabilities that haven’t yet been created. All of these could offer profound implications for innovative approaches to managing environmental footprints.

The 4IR has the potential to radically transform the management of our environmental surroundings. For instance, the IoT offers great potential for innovation in environmental management. There are already approximately 8.3 billion connected industrial devices covering products from cars, homes…

“Human plus machine isn’t the future, it’s the present,” Garry Kasparov said in a recent TED talk.

Imagine a classroom in a rural Mexican town where teachers from across the globe teach online; or a classroom where students travel virtually around the world and learn about different cultures using virtual and augmented reality. It’s all happening. And the emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are making it possible.

The concept of the 4IR ties together a plethora of cutting-edge technologies — artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, machine learning, the internet of things, cloud computing, and big data —…

In the creative economy, blockchain can redefine how artists are remunerated by acting as a platform for creators of intellectual property (IP) to receive value for their work. A common complaint lodged by artists is that, as performance-rights organizations and new intermediaries such as Spotify and YouTube increasingly insert themselves into the value chain between artists and their audiences, artists receive smaller cuts of revenue and have less say over how their creative works are priced, shared, or advertised. For instance, on Spotify it would take between 120 to 170 streams for rights holders to receive their first penny.


Mirjana Stankovic

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