Artificial intelligence (AI) has traditionally been the stuff of science fiction—Hal 9000, Skynet, R2-D2 and Agent Smith come to mind. But today AI is at the forefront of technological advancement in almost every field, including oil and gas. Although these innovations offer tremendous opportunities to increase efficiency, safety and profits, companies may face challenges in securing intellectual property (IP) protection for their AI-based inventions. Companies that can successfully navigate IP pitfalls can reap the benefits of AI and gain a competitive advantage over competitors.

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