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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Says (1)

Sept. 3, 2021, 7:06 PM

A computer using artificial intelligence can’t be listed as an inventor on patents because only a human can be an inventor under U.S. law, a federal judge ruled in the first American decision that’s part of a global debate over how to handle computer-created innovation.

Federal law requires that an “individual” take an oath that he or she is the inventor on a patent application, and both the dictionary and legal definition of an individual is a natural person, ruled U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Artificial Inventor Project, run by University of Surrey Law Professor Ryan ...