The presentation starts from the fact that there is currently no generally accepted definition of what is meant by an "artificial intelligence" and then goes on to give considerations on the legal status of an "artificial intelligence": it is not a legal entity and can thus have neither rights nor obligations. In terms of its applications in the IP field, it has purely useful advantages and can help with the presentation of technical facts and the preparation of reports, perform simple creative tasks and carry out very extensive patent and trademark searches. A difficult question is whether artificial intelligence is capable of exercising diligence. Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence can be conducive to an effort to exercise diligence through its high performance, but it cannot vouch for errors or be liable for their consequences. Artificial intelligence is neither a legal personality nor a social personality. Trust should therefore be placed less in artificial intelligence itself than in the persons who supply or use artificial intelligence.