US Patent Office: AI is all well and good, but only humans can patent things | TechCrunch
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has declared that, for legal reasons and to incentivize human ingenuity, only 'natural humans' can be awarded patents. This means that AI systems themselves cannot be named as inventors.
The guidance document (PDF) specifies that for clear legal reasons, as well as the notion that, fundamentally, 'patents function to incentivize and reward human ingenuity,' only 'natural humans' can be awarded patents.
The guidance makes it clear that while AI-assisted inventions are not categorically unpatentable, AI systems themselves are not individuals and therefore cannot be inventors, legally speaking. Therefore, at least one human must be named as the inventor of any given claim.
The USPTO guidance makes it clear that while AI-assisted inventions are not 'categorically unpatentable,' AI systems themselves are not individuals and therefore cannot be inventors, legally speaking.
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