The US Supreme Court refused to grant patents for AI “inventions”.


Artificial intelligence and its latest innovations are all the rage lately. Naturally, this has also raised some concerns from regulators about the potential negative impact of the technology. Now, in a very interesting case, the US Supreme Court has rejected a computer scientist’s request to patent his artificial intelligence system.

A law book with a confused robot in the background on the right.

Computer scientist Stephen Thaler has filed patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a unique prototype of an alleged beverage holder and light beacon. Thaler claims these prototypes were developed by his AI system, called the Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentence (DABUS), which was built at his Missouri-based firm Imagination Engines Inc.

However, the USPTO refused to attribute the patent to DABUS, asserting that patents can only be granted to human inventors and that DABUS cannot be the legal creator of the prototype.

The USPTO decision was upheld by federal judges in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While Thaler tried to convince the Supreme Court that denying patents to AI systems “undermines the ability of our patent system — and defeats the intent of Congress — to better stimulate innovation and technological progress.” Coin”, the court refused to hear their challenge.

Thaler has also applied for patents in other countries on the same basis but has had very limited, if any, success. The computer scientist is also looking to secure copyright protection for its AI-generated art, but given its current court losses, as well as the fact that it’s still an area that even regulators don’t understand well. trying, there is little chance that Thaler will enjoy much. Success here.

Source: Reuters | Image credit: Background of Mikhail Nelov And Robot Png Vector by


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