Two AI-led inventions poke at future of patent law

A University of Surrey-based team have filed the first patent applications for inventions created by a machine, explains Nancy Cohen for TechXplore.com.

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SURREY, United Kingdon - A University of Surrey-based team have filed the first patent applications for inventions created by a machine. Applications were made to the US, EU and UK patent offices; they are for a machine using artificial intelligence as the inventor of two ideas for a beverage container and a flashing light, reports Nancy Cohen for TechXplore.com.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 7, 2019-Aerospace and military computer experts have been utilizing hardware to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline decision making and implement automation among myriad other areas. But what happens when you use AI to produce new hardware? Can the AI's "invention" be patented? The interesting piece by Nancy Cohen for TechXplore.com. The United Kingdom, where the University of Surrey is located, requires that inventions are made by an inventor - a human being. Similarly in the United States, a person needs to author a book or take a photo for copyright to take effect, but people have AI snapping pics and writing predicatively. Companies no doubt would be keen to patent clever discoveries made by AI, but there will likely have to be changes made to laws for legal protections to be enacted.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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