The big picture: A US judge ruled this week that artificial intelligence cannot be named as the inventor of the patent. This is the latest case to be brought before a judge in several countries.
A court in Alexandria, Virginia, has ruled that inventions can only be registered in the name of a "real person." The decision was made against a person who tried to list two projects called AI as part of a larger project to recognize AI-based inventions around the world. AI called DEBUS, which independently designed a new type of drink holder and blinker light (used to attract the attention of others). The name "DEBUS" was used in conjunction with "Artificial Intelligence-Generated Patents" in an effort to obtain patents. The creator of DEBUS owns the inventions.
The decision states that inventors must take an oath and apply for a patent. Instead, Thaler released a statement saying he was the sole inventor of a "creative machine" and had no legal personality or ability to swear and advertise.
< p > Thaler created DEBUS as part of the Artificial Inventor Project (AIP), which seeks worldwide patents for patents that the company's AI already created in South Africa and Australia. It is also trying to supply it in countries such as Canada, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Brazil and other countries.
In 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) decided that words that Congress describes to inventors as “individual,” “self,” or “subjective” refer to a human being. The USPTO has also noted that federal regulatory law frequently describes an inventor as a "person". This week's decision confirms the USPTO's 2019 decision. In an email to Bloomberg, Ryan Abbott, an AIP member and law professor, said they intend to reconsider the US court's ruling.
Court ruling: The USPTO cannot issue a patent for artificial intelligence