I am looking for specific references describing guidance principles around the interplay between IP (intellectual property) and Artificial Intelligence algorithms. For example, Company A has a large dataset and Company B has advanced algorithmic capabilities (assume near-AI). How might Company A protect itself in a joint partnership with company B? Apologies if this SE is not the place for this - any suggestions for the right site?

  • Sounds like you are mostly interested in patent or copyright law; plus, the answer involves contracts. Billions of pages have been written on those topics, so you need to be more specific. – user6726 Feb 11 '20 at 16:17
  • As @user6726 says - a well thought out, mutually agreed to, contract is the answer. I ran a small company who had a joint development agreement with a giant player and the contract negotiations took almost as long as the R&D did. – George White Feb 11 '20 at 18:48
  • @user6726 - agreed, but as I am not a legal expert (a technologist, rather), I am looking for case studies, examples, literature to guide my thinking. – val Feb 11 '20 at 18:54
  • this is one such example ictsd.org/sites/default/files/research/…. But when dealing with algorithms and data it seems very hard to distinguish where one ends and the other begins - especially in the context of training algorithm models. – val Feb 11 '20 at 18:58
  • As a start, you could explain what you think makes it hard to distinguish the two (I don't have any problem distinguishing the two). Maybe your real question is something like "how does copyright law distinguish data qua facts and a program?". – user6726 Feb 11 '20 at 19:25

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