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UK Supreme Court rules on AI and Patent Applications

UK Supreme Court rules on AI and Patent Applications

In a much anticipated judgment, the UK Supreme Court delivered on 20 December 2023 its ruling in the case of Thaler v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (Thaler (Appellant) v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (Respondent) – The Supreme Court) on whether an artificial intelligence (AI) system can be named as the inventor for a UK patent application.

The court unanimously found that AI cannot.

This judgement represents the culmination of a long-fought battle by the appellant, Dr Thaler, who submitted two UK patent applications for inventions (one for a food container and the other for a light beacon) which all parties acknowledged had been autonomously created by an AI machine called “DABUS” which Dr Thaler was the sole owner, creator and user of. Read more

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