Erik Weibust, Member of the Firm, speaks on a panel, "The Role of Trade Secret Protection for AI-Related Data, Technology & Innovation," at the Artificial Intelligence Masters™ 2024 program, hosted by IP Watchdog.
U.S. patent laws do not currently offer protection for AI-generated inventions where AI is the only named inventor. But that doesn’t mean there is no IP protection available for AI-generated data, technologies, or innovation. If valuable, AI-generated data, information, and innovation can meet the criteria for trade secret protection. And where AI innovation is unlikely to be reverse-engineered trade secret protection should be considered and may be particularly valuable.
But at a time when AI-generated information and innovation are becoming far more valuable as the technology matures, the FTC has done away with non-compete agreements. So, how can and should companies go about protecting AI-generated data, technology, and innovation in a world without non-compete agreements, and in a world where patent and copyright protection is not available?
This panel will discuss:
(1) The likely consequences of the FTC rule to do away with non-competes and whether and how non-disclosure agreements can and should be used by employers.
(2) How to create and implement a trade secret protection regime aimed specifically at protecting AI itself, as well as the output of AI.
(3) Best practices for identifying, cataloging and monitoring trade secrets in a hyperconnected world that is increasingly built on and reliant upon AI.
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