Computers should be named on patents as ‘inventors’, argues law professor

COMPUTER INVENTIONSHIP should be reflected in the patent system to encourage the development of ‘creative computers’, a law professor has argued. Ryan Abbott, professor of law at the University of Surrey School of Law, believes that computers should be named in patent applications and even granted patents. “While some patent prosecutors say the ability of machines to create patentable inventions on their own is well off in the future, artificial intelligence [AI] has actually been generating inventive ideas for decades. In just one example, an AI system named the Creativity Machine invented the first cross-bristled toothbrush design,” he said. “Soon, computers will routinely invent and it may only be a matter of time until computers are responsible for most innovation. To optimise innovation, and the positive impact this will have…


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