Show Notes

If you look at the list of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, you’ll find they all have two things in common. From tea bags to toasters and from cell phones to cellophane, they all take the form of physical objects, and all are, or at least were, protected by patents.

Yet, since the turn of the century, the nature of inventions has changed significantly. And many of the greatest inventions of this century now take the form of computer code or models.

But how do you protect an invention you can’t physically touch?

In this episode, Helen McFadzean joins Dr Genevieve Hayes to discuss the intersection of artificial intelligence and intellectual property.

Guest Bio

Helen McFadzean is a patent and trademark attorney, with a background in artificial intelligence and mechatronics engineering. She has successfully obtained patents, trademarks and designs for businesses in Australia and overseas in a large number of technology areas including machine learning and image classification, automation, smart devices, audio signal processing, embedded software, and control systems.

Talking Points

  • What is the difference between patents, trademarks and copyrights?
  • How do you know if an AI/ML-based invention is worth protecting and how do you protect it if it is?
  • What parts of an AI/ML-based invention can be protected through patent law?
  • The importance of good communication in capturing IP.
  • What happens if an invention was invented by a generative AI, rather than a human?


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Episode 24: AI and IP