Thames Valley AI HUB Webinar – AI in Law and Intellectual Property

Artificial intelligence law and the use of technology within the legal profession have been recent hot topics. Hear from 2 experts as they explore the legal framework around AI creativity and the extent to which AI programmes might be considered the legal author of literary or artistic works that they create.


16:00 Welcome and Introductions

16:10 A minute with our Partners. 60 seconds from 5 of our partner organisations explaining what they do and how they support businesses.

16:20 Pitch your Startup. An elevator pitch from 5 companies in the network who would like to share what they do.

16:30 Adrian Aronsson-Storrier Associate Professor, School of Law

17:00 Rajeshree Bhojnani, Commercial/Technology Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys

17:30 Questions

17:50 Summary

18:00 Close

Speaker 1: Adrian Aronsson-Storrier Associate Professor, School of Law

Copyright and the Creative AI: Resolving the contested authorship of works generated by AI

Adrian’s presentation considers the extent to which UK copyright law provides settled guidance on the authorship of creative works, such as art or music, which are generated by machine learning algorithms or artificial intelligence. The presentation discusses the operation of an (unusual) provision in UK copyright legislation relating to the authorship of artistic works which are computer-generated and explores the cases which have sought to clarify the meaning of the provision. Finally, the presentation considers what lessons can be drawn from the early jurisprudence of séances and spirit writing in understanding current debates around the copyright authorship of computer-generated works.


Associate Professor Adrian Aronsson-Storrier researches and teaches intellectual property law at the School of Law at the University of Reading. Prior to joining the University in 2015 he was a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer.

Adrian’s primary research interest is the relationship between copyright exceptions and inconsistent contractual provisions. His further research interests include the challenges posed by new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and 3D printing on the existing intellectual property framework, theoretical justifications for intellectual property law as well as the protection of performers in the digital age.

Speaker 2: Rajeshree Bhojnani – Commercial/Technology Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Intellectual Property Issues for AI

  • Brief overview of relevant IP rights
  • Creator / Inventor debate: human vs machine creation
  • Recent patent decisions: UK
  • Importance of tracking IP rights: is ownership clear? Consider due diligence by an investor/buyer
  • Policy discussions on how the existing IP protection framework fits with AI


Rajeshree Bhojnani is a Partner in the Commercial Team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. She advises on business to business contracts, including in relation to the supply and acquisition of technology services, in a range of industry sectors including software and technology, financial services, automotive, media and telecoms, pharmaceutical and the university spin-off sector. Rajeshree advises businesses (including technology start-up and early stage growth businesses) on the acquisition and disposal of IP rights in a variety of contexts, including business sales, and licensing and collaboration transactions. As well as technology and IP related contracts, Rajeshree also assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of other commercial contracts, including non-disclosure agreements, consultancy contracts, supply of goods and services’ contracts, and franchising agreements.

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