On Thursday, the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) study reported that United States and China are in advance of the worldwide competition of taking over artificial intelligence (AI).

The research discovered that tech titan IBM had the maximum AI patents of 8920, crossing Microsoft which had 5930, and a clan of mostly Japanese tech firms.  

China had 17 of the top 20 educational organizations involved in patenting artificial intelligence and was especially robust in the rapidly-advancing area of “deep learning” – a machine learning method, which consists of speech recognition systems.

“The US and China obviously have stolen a lead. They’re out in front in this area in terms of numbers of applications and in scientific publications,” Francis Gurry, WIPO Director-General, said in a news conference.

Donald Trump, US President has blamed China for stealing American technology and innovations and smacked trade fares on Chinese goods valued at $234bn to punish Beijing.

In December, China claimed that it purposefully went against the “slanderous” US allegations and other partners attacking China for stealing intellectual property and economic espionage and company secrets.

Gurry approved there were allegations regarding the behavior of China. But he claimed that China had doubtlessly incorporated the worldwide intellectual property system, with the world’s biggest patent office and the leading number of domestic patent applications.

“They are serious players in the field of intellectual property,” he said.

The study claimed that AI-associated patent filings include only 0.6 percent of the international patent pool; however, this number is likely to increase with widespread allegations.

Machine learning’s patent applications comprise methods utilized by ride-sharing facilities to reduce detours, averaged annual growth of 28 percent between 2013 and 2016. This growth mainly came from deep learning that surpassed robotics as it overstuffed to 2,399 in 2016 from 118 patent applications in 2013.

Computer vision was the one most famous AI application, utilized in autonomous cars, and cited in 49 percent of all AI-associated patents.

The WIPO study discovered firms were a long way from active than other public research institutions and universities in filing AI-related patents, accounting for 26 out of 30 highest candidates in this area.

The study used info from 2016, however, Gurry claimed that there was no motive to have faith that stellar surge in such filings had not sustained after that.

“The general direction that we see … is that this is infiltrating most things,” Gurry said.

He emphasized that it is not WIPO’s position to decide if the new tech would be beneficial or harmful, however, the UN organization intended to supply tons of empirical info to tell important and much required social debates on AI and its consequences.