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European Veto of Patent Application With AI Inventor Appealed

June 1, 2020, 7:24 PM

A computer scientist seeking to name a machine as inventor in his patent applications is appealing the European Patent Office’s rejection, continuing a closely watched battle that’s stirring questions about artificial intelligence’s invention capabilities.

Requiring that people, not machines, be listed as inventors on patent applications could undermine important incentives of the patent system and encourage deception from applicants, Stephen Thaler told the European Patent Office in his appeal.

The warnings come after the EPO last year refused patent applications that sought to name as the inventor an AI system, called Dabus, that Thaler created. The EPO said the applications ...

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