AI bots lack human touch to be inventors, UK top court rules

The UK’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by US inventor Stephen Thaler, who had sought patents for two ideas, a beverage container and a flashing light, which he said were created by an AI machine called DABUS. The judges ruled that patents require an inventor to be a natural person, and because “DABUS is not a person at all,” Thaler’s appeal was unanimously dismissed. 

The ruling is the first by any country’s highest tribunal and assumes significance as the UK aims for a pioneering role in AI technologies. The judgment has disadvantaged the UK in supporting AI-dependent industries and could disincentivise the disclosure of inventions by AI systems.

Source: Australasian Lawyer



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