The application of AI technology to IP processes has the potential to bring huge benefits. One example is in the context of patent searches. Learning algorithms are being developed which in time may replace the traditional way of searching for Patents using Boolean operators and collections of synonyms to find prior art. The aim is that the underlying ideas in the inventions are compared to find prior art rather than relying on the similarity of the words used to describe such inventions. Patents are being proposed like the one filed here that would make searching much easier (copying and pasting claims or abstracts of Patents as is to conduct searches into such an intelligent algorithm based search engine). Also the use of AI in Patent Offices is being evaluated. Over a six month period from late last year, the Japan Patent Office ("JPO") analyzed the possibility of applying AI technologies to its operations with a view to develop more efficient operations. After dividing its entire service area into more than 800 operations, the JPO selected 20 specific operations which would potentially could benefit from the application of AI technologies. It is now looking into the implementation of AI technology into several operations in which high cost-benefit performance can be expected. AI is already in use by the JPO for automated call handling, and it is planned to extend use of AI to services surrounding patent classification, design classification, and potentially reviewing registrations of patents, designs and trademarks in the future.