IP Global Artificial Intelligence Network (IPGAIN)

IPGAIN (Intellectual Property Global Artificial Intelligence Network), created by IP Australia, is a worldfirst marketplace providing global access to pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools. IPGAIN is like an app store, sharing ground breaking technology that solves challenges unique to the IP community. This initiative is driving collaboration and reducing duplication between national IP offices, to improve quality and consistency across the global IP community.

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Intangible assets including intellectual property (IP) are the new fuel of the global economy, now making up 87% of the S&P 500. As the value of intangible assets continues to rise, so does a government’s role in supporting its businesses and innovators to maximise value. IP Australia is delivering innovative initiatives to keep pace with the increasingly complex global IP system.

In September 2019, IP Australia launched IP GAIN (Intellectual Property Global Artificial Intelligence Network), an innovative marketplace providing global access to technology solutions for the IP ecosystem. IP GAIN is a simple and secure service that can expose IP Australia’s, other IP Offices’ and third-parties’ AI and machine learning ML tools. It enables partners to co-design and contribute to the development of future AI and ML tools, as well as increasing IP Offices’ capabilities in AI governance and ethics.

The Australian Government through IP Australia is an active participant in the international IP system, led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Working through WIPO committees IP Australia saw an opportunity to enable sharing and co-development of cutting-edge technology across all IP Offices, from developing nations to the most advanced, to democratise digital innovation in IP administration.

The goals for the IP GAIN prototype have been broken into two phases. The goal for the first phase was to create an application store or marketplace for AI and ML tools that support the IP ecosystem. The goal for the second phase is collaborative problem solving and solution delivery through continuous improvement and new co-development opportunities.

The benefits for the international IP ecosystem are three-fold:

1. an agile, scalable and cloud hosted solution that allows IP Offices and third parties to expose and collaborate on AI and ML tools and services that solve niche problems and significant challenges associated with the IP sector.
2. reduce the duplication of effort where currently several countries are allocating significant financial and people resources to solve the same problems. IP GAIN shares AI/ML tools to support and enhance the capability of smaller IP Offices, particularly in less technologically advanced countries to fast track capability.
3. increase transparency of office progress and practices while delivering co-developed solutions to commonly faced IP centric business problems using AI/ML tools, leading to enhanced quality and consistency of business practice and approach.

IP Australia has completed a prototype of IP GAIN with the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom. The initial service testing will then be expanded to include the Canadian IP Office.

IP Australia is exploring ways to maximise the potential of the IP GAIN initiative by exposing it to the organisation’s other AI and ML tools and services, including Trade Mark Assist and Patents Preliminary Automated Search.

There is also great potential to support a connected government in Australia by increasing collaboration through this global AI platform.

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Year: 2019
Level of government: National/Federal government


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