Autonomous vehicle IP protection — when HAL is driving

Autonomous vehicle IP protection — when HAL is driving:

AI/ML is not patent-able. As a result, most companies presently guard their machine learning data as trade secrets. 

Relying on trade secret protection also problematic
– “need-to-know” access environment, hampering development and breeding paranoia. 
– if a disgruntled employee transmits it over social media, once out in public, the secrets lose their value
– ethical question of limiting the public to less-than-optimal overall safety because data is hidden

All of this is to suggest that in the AV realm, our IP laws and protections must  evolve; maybe some hybrid IP concept that satisfies the needs for autonomous vehicle IP protection while continuing to “promote the progress of science and useful arts” under the Constitution?

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