of Great Britain Supreme Court will decide whether an AI machine can be designated as an inventor and WHO Patents may be owned. Stephen Thaler, founder of Imagination Engines Inc., challenged the rejection of his patent applications naming his AI machine as the inventor of the beverage container and the flashing light.
The case is among a growing number of intellectual property disputes arising from creations of AI software. The UK High Court’s decision could have far-reaching implications for AI technologies, which have become a hot-button topic since the launch of the likes of ChatGPT.
Patent Office lawyer Stuart Barn said in documents prepared for the case that allowing an AI machine to be named as an inventor could open the door to “downright ridiculous claims”.
“My Billy Felix” or “Cosmic Forces” could be included if the judges rule in favor of Thaler’s inventors.
According to court documents, Thaler tried to register patents for his DABUS system as an inventor in several countries, but was only successful in Australia and South Africa.
In court filings, Thaler’s lawyers said the UK’s “policy of restricting the grant of patents for AI-generated inventions acts as a major disincentive to innovation.”
The UK Intellectual Property Office and Thaler did not respond to requests for comment.