Monday, August 26, 2019

USPTO - Federal Register Notice on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around decades, but has gotten lots of recent press. Less known is the USPTO has issued several thousand patents on AI technologies.

The USPTO recognizes AI raise issues so announced it "will be publishing a notice in the Federal Register that poses questions regarding the intersection of patent law with AI that the public may respond ... to gather information on AI patent policy issues for purposes of evaluating whether further guidance is needed and informing the development of any such guidance.

Questions the public is invited to reply to include:
  • Do current patent laws and regulations regarding inventorship need to be revised to take into account inventions where an entity or entities other than a natural person contributed to the conception of an AI invention or any other invention? 
  • Are there any patent eligibility considerations unique to AI inventions? 
  • Does AI impact the level of a person of ordinary skill in the art? 
  • Do the disclosure rules (enablement, specification, etc.) need to be altered for AI-related patent applications?"
For details: Federal Register Notice on Artificial Intelligence Patent Issues

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