- Thaler v. Vidal (Fed. Cir. 2022)
- The Federal Circuit affirmed the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) denial of Stephen Thaler's patent applications because they did not list any human as an inventor. The core issue was whether an artificial intelligence system could be listed as an inventor on a patent application. Thaler, who developed AI systems that generated inventions, filed two patent applications, listing an AI system called DABUS as the sole inventor. The USPTO denied the applications, asserting that a machine cannot qualify as an inventor. The Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO's decision, asserting that under the Patent Act, an "inventor" must be a natural person, hence, AI systems cannot be recognized as inventors.
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