When Innovation Invents


In Short

The Situation: Artificial intelligence ("AI") is growing more powerful and gaining application in many areas. AI can now create new innovation on its own, without a human inventor—a capability that will only expand as technology progresses. Whether patent protection should be available for innovation invented by AI remains an open and pressing issue.

The Result: Two recent patent applications seek patent protection for inventions that were created autonomously by AI without a human inventor. The applicants want the AI to be deemed the inventor and the AI's owners to receive the patent rights. The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") is now exploring the relationship between AI and patent law, seeking public comment by October 11, 2019.

Looking Ahead: The two patent applications, and the PTO's examination of AI-related issues, may set the stage for future AI innovation. Entities that use AI in their creative processes should track these developments and adjust the use of AI accordingly to become eligible for patent protection.




本コメンタリーは、AIに関心を有する日本企業にとって有用な情報ですので、紹介する次第です。詳細は、Jones Day Commentary “When Innovation Invents: AI Issues at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office”(オリジナル英語版)をご参照下さい。

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Two patent applications are testing whether artificial intelligence can qualify as an inventor under U.S. patent law, even as AI is still an emerging technology.
  2. The PTO is considering, and seeking public input on, its approach to AI. Those who wish to provide comments to the PTO on these issues must do so by October 11, 2019.
  3. The recent patent applications and PTO evaluation may set the course for future AI innovation, exploring new questions of law and policy.

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