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Applications naming machine as inventor

Heli Pihlajamaa, Director of Patent Law spoke in a webinar on the grounds for the EPO’s decision to refuse two applications designating an AI system as the inventor.

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EPO refuses DABUS patent applications designating a machine inventor

20 December 2019

The EPO has refused two European patent applications in which a machine was designated as inventor. Both patent applications indicate “DABUS” as inventor, which is described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence”. The applicant stated that they acquired the right to the European patent from the inventor by being its successor in title.

After hearing the arguments of the applicant in non-public oral proceedings on 25 November the EPO refused EP 18 275 163 and EP 18 275 174 on the grounds that they do not meet the requirement of the EPC that an inventor designated in the application has to be a human being, not a machine. A reasoned decision may be expected in January 2020.

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