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AI still cannot invent on it’s own, according to the UK

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Patents transfer ownership of a new invention to the inventor. According to a recent IPO consultation, many experts believe AI is currently incapable of inventing without human assistance. Despite “misconceptions,” current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI assistance, according to the government. Last year, the Court of Appeal ruled against Stephen Thaler, who claimed that his Dabus AI system was the inventor in two patent applications for a food container and a flashing light. The judges sided with the IPO, which had told him to list a real person as the inventor, by a two-to-one vote. “Only a person has rights; a machine does not,” Lady Justice Laing wrote in her decision. “A patent is a legal right that can only be granted to an individual.” However, the IPO stated that it would “need to understand how our IP system should protect AI-devised inventions in the future” and pledged to advance international discussions to keep the UK competitive.

 

In July 2021, an Australian court ruled in a case also brought by Mr Thaler that AI systems could be recognized as inventors for patent purposes. South Africa had issued a similar decision just days before. Many artificial intelligence systems are trained using large amounts of data downloaded from the internet. On Tuesday, the IPO also announced plans to change copyright law to allow anyone with lawful access to do this, rather than just those conducting non-commercial research, as is currently the case, in order to “promote the use of AI technology, and wider ‘data mining’ techniques, for the public good.” Rights holders will still be able to control and charge for access to their works, but they will no longer be able to charge an additional fee for the ability to mine them. A growing number of people are using AI tools like DALL.E 2 to create images that resemble works of human art. According to the Register, Mr Thaler recently sued the US Copyright Office for refusing to recognize a software system as the “author” of an image.

 

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