CAN AI BE AN INVENTOR? NOT AT THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE

The European Patent Office has denied two patent applications on the grounds that an AI system cannot be listed as the inventor.

For the first time, the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued a ruling on its approach to patent applications that designate artificial intelligence (AI) systems as inventors. In January 2020, the EPO published its reasons for rejecting two patent applications where the inventor named on the applications was an AI system called “DABUS.” The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has also rejected the applications on similar grounds.  

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