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Oct 25, 2019

Can AI own a patent?

Article By Patent Attorney Stephen Bullock
The question has arisen as to whether AI can own a patent. In August 2019, a British university filed for patents on inventions it claims were created solely by artificial intelligence. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now grapples with the question of whether a machine can be an inventor.

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu asked "Is it a machine that’s the owner? Is it the owner of the machine? Is it the folks who created the machine or fed the data into the machine? Who is it? What are the disclosure requirements?".

For now, it seems unlikely that a machine will be granted a patent. However, the question may not be so easily answered in the future.
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