Reuters: AI can’t hold patents to U.S. inventions (for now)

Reuters: AI can’t hold patents to U.S. inventions (for now). “Three years ago, Stephen Thaler filed two patent applications naming a single inventor, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following Director review, found the applications to be incomplete for lacking a valid inventor on the ground that a machine cannot be an inventor. Thaler appealed the USPTO’s final decisions to the District Court, which similarly concluded that an ‘inventor’ must be a natural person. Thaler then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with the sole issue being whether AI qualifies as an ‘inventor’ under U.S. patent law.

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