Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly used for creating content such as news, movies, and games, going beyond doing simple repetitive tasks such as information searches for humans.
Data released by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on June 6 show that patent applications on AI-based digital content have been on a sharp rise.
The number of patent applications related to artificial intelligence-based content totaled only 11 cases in 2013 but it more than decupled to 112 cases last year. This is because since the advent of Alpha Go in 2016, Korea’s AI technology has been advancing rapidly and the utilization of AI-based content as a business model is expanding.
Of the 196 applications filed over the past five years, 132 (67%) were filed by companies, followed by 33 by individuals (17%) and 31 by research institutes and universities (16%). Among those filed by companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) outnumbered large companies 75:57.
Of the 112 applications by SMEs, 48 (43%) were filed last year. This is a 380% increase from two years ago. SMEs have been taking the lead in applying for patents on AI-based content.
Analysts say that a boom in applications by SMEs is attributable to the fact that AI facilitates the creation of digital content with creative ideas only.
By categories, the visual category recorded the largest number of applications (33), followed by the information recommendation category (31), the medical health category (25), the education category (20), the management and advertising category (17) and the voice category (13).
Companies’ applications concentrated on the video category (25) and the information recommendation category (23 cases) while those by research institutes and universities on the medical health category (11 cases) and those by individuals on the education category (8 cases).