Medical AI and Patent Protection
Artificial intelligence (AI) could be perfectly applied in medical industry. This medical application attracts many information and communication technology (ICT) companies to invest in medical AI industry. Patent applications and deployments of these ICT companies somewhat change business and competition model of the traditional medical industry. Granting medical AI patents also raises much discussion and debate, particularly regarding patent eligibility of software algorithm and patentability of medical method. Many countries already start to adjust their patent systems, but these adjustment is probably minor and partial. With growth of (medical) AI, the patent systems will have much change and should be emphasized.