Artificial intelligence drives new thinking on patent rights

A new paradigm will shake up the IP landscape, as cognitive activities once performed by humans will now increasingly be performed by machines. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (collectively AI) are hot topics in almost every industry, affecting everything from robotics, autonomous vehicles, and consumer devices to health and pharmaceutical technologies. AI is being used to solve complex problems and improve decision making, as well as to develop new products and processes. AI systems utilize algorithms that enable those systems to learn and develop through the analysis of information they are provided, oftentimes without human intervention or instruction. Who is the Inventor? U.S. Patent Law defines the inventor as “the individual or, if a joint invention, the individuals collectively who invented or discovered the subject matter of the invention.” Similarly,…


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