The first publication in the "WIPO Technology Trends" series defines and measures innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), uncovering more than 340,000 AI-related patent applications and 1.6 million scientific papers published since AI first emerged in the 1950s, with the majority of all AI-related patent filings published since 2013.
Academics face the unrelenting pressure to frequently publish their research findings to ensure they are on the cutting edge of their field of technology. These publications constitute an academic’s curriculum vitae and hence determine the individual’s position within the research environment, both locally and internationally.
The Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (the “IPR-PFRD Act”) remains a hot topic for debate and has, to date, received mixed reviews. We, at the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO; an office established in terms of the IPR-PFRD Act) believe firmly that much of the negativity around the Act has stemmed from misinformation and as such are touting the mantra that “information is power” and aim to demonstrate that the IPR- PFRD Act is merely a misunderstood friend and should not be regarded as a foe.