NEW DELHI: The government is looking to tweak the existing intellectual property regime to make it more flexible and widen its scope to encourage research and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI). A high-level task force will soon be set up to examine and issue appropriate modifications to the existing intellectual property regulatory regime pertaining to AI. The government has chalked out a plan to use AI to improve India’s social indicators.

The proposed task force will have representatives from stakeholder ministries and departments like information and technology, company affairs, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Niti Aayog. “The current IP regime with its stringent and narrowly focussed patent laws is posing a challenge to AI applications given the unique nature of AI solution development,” a senior government official told ET.

For instance, the algorithms and data used in an AI-powered application are key elements and hence the intellectual property regime in the context of AI must be robust and enforceable for innovators to have the confidence that they will be able to make profits from and take credit for their work, the official explained. “This will help in promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and core and applied research in the field of AI,” the official added.

The Niti Aayog has recently put out a discussion paper on India’s strategy for artificial intelligence under which it identified five sectors — healthcare, agriculture, education, infrastructure and transportation — that can immensely benefit from AI. India initially plans to fund its AI programmes from the `200 crore allocated under the Atal Innovation Mission. Projects are likely to be granted on the challenge mode.

In the Union Budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley had entrusted the Aayog with the task to initiate a national programme to direct the government’s efforts in the area of artificial intelligence, including research and development of its applications.


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