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EPO and ELLIS sign Memorandum of Understanding

01 April 2021

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), António Campinos, and
the President of the ELLIS Society, Bernhard Schölkopf, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on 25 March. The purpose of the MoU is to provide a general
framework that will guide collaboration activities between the two
institutions.   

The ELLIS Society is a non-profit association that leading scientists
working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe established in
2018 for the purposes of founding the European Laboratory for Learning and
Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). The aim of ELLIS is to bring together top
researchers from all over the world to shape the future of machine learning and
AI. The initiative currently comprises 30 research units located in academic
institutions spread across 13 European countries and Israel.

The MoU, which will take effect for an initial three-year period,
reflects the shared interest of the ELLIS Society and the EPO in protecting and
fostering scientific and technological innovation, as well as the prime
importance that both organisations attribute to intellectual property as a key
driver of competitiveness and economic growth in innovation-driven economies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two organisations will exchange
relevant AI-related experience, and jointly promote outreach initiatives relating
to innovation in AI. Common education and training activities will be organised
to enhance the skills of researchers in the fields of AI and intellectual
property. The MoU will also provide a platform for exchanging insights into AI
policy developments and patent-related topics.

In December 2020, ELLIS presented the work of its diverse European network
at the EPO’s conference on the role of patents in an AI-driven world.