On May 28, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted a meeting of the G7 Science & Technology (S&T) Ministers to collaborate on COVID-19 response and recovery.  The G7 S&T Ministers emerged from the meeting with a declaration, in which they expressed their intent to:

  • Enhance cooperation on shared COVID-19 research priority areas, including public health and clinical studies;
  • Make government-sponsored COVID-19 epidemiological and related research data accessible to the public in machine-readable formats;
  • Strengthen the use of high-performance computing for COVID-19 response;
  • Exchange best practices to advance broadband connectivity; and
  • Advance the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI).

With this declaration, the U.S. became the last G7 nation to join the GPAI.  The concept for the GPAI, which was developed under the 2018 and 2019 G7 Presidencies of Canada and France, centers on the development of a permanent forum – one that includes stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as academia – to shape global policy on AI.  U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios recently wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the GPAI, in which he outlined the plan for G7 leaders to collaborate to “shape the evolution of AI in a way that respects fundamental rights and upholds our shared values.”   At the outset, the GPAI will focus on leveraging AI to combat COVID-19, including through expediting drug discovery, improving diagnosis and assisting with telemedicine.

The White House also announced that two members – U.K. Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Computing Centre – have joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.  The Consortium is a public-private collaboration spearheaded by the White House OSTP, and the U.S. Department of Energy, and is designed to help researchers leverage a range of computing resources (including the world’s most powerful supercomputers) to accelerate scientific research and discovery and stop COVID-19.  The Consortium will also begin a new data-sharing initiative with the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe for the purpose of accelerating global research.

The White House’s efforts to explore the potential of supercomputing come on the heels of the newly introduced Advancing Quantum Computing Act (AQCA), proposed by Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9) on May 19.  James Yoon and Lee Tiedrich discuss the AQCA, which would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on quantum computing, in a post on Covington’s Inside Tech Media blog.

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Photo of Lee Tiedrich Lee Tiedrich

Lee Tiedrich brings together an undergraduate education in electrical engineering and over twenty years of legal experience to assist clients on a broad range of intellectual property and technology transaction matters. Her work spans several industries, including ehealth, life sciences, consumer products, communications…

Lee Tiedrich brings together an undergraduate education in electrical engineering and over twenty years of legal experience to assist clients on a broad range of intellectual property and technology transaction matters. Her work spans several industries, including ehealth, life sciences, consumer products, communications and media. She counsels both private and public companies, as well as venture capital firms and corporate venture groups in their investments. Ms. Tiedrich has extensive experience negotiating complex intellectual property acquisition, licensing, and development agreements, and regularly counsels clients on strategic issues, such as developing and maintaining intellectual property portfolios and evaluating and addressing intellectual property-related assets and risks.

Photo of James Ermilio James Ermilio

James Ermilio is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and represents clients in a broad range of corporate transactions. Mr. Ermilio’s practice includes software and technology licensing agreements, content distribution and media rights agreements, and mergers and acquisitions.