Founded in 1949, Baker McKenzie, a multinational law firm sometime back made prediction on how the patentability of AI-made innovations, paten eligibility for AI techs, and liability for violation by Artificial Intelligence, are the three chief areas for patent law that will be disturbed by Artificial Intelligence.
The very first of its kind patent applications have been filed for innovations developed by an AI machine, by a team based in the University of Surrey. Patent offices in the United Kingdom, EU, and the United States were recipient to such applications. The applications are pertaining to 2 innovations owed to a machine using AI. The 2 innovations are for a beverage holder, and a flashing light.
Now, this turn of events is exactly in accordance to Baker McKenzie’s prediction and it is easy to see how challenging AI promises to be to the legal framework.
Legal experts and Stephen Thaler, the American engineer responsible for inventing the algorithm named Dabus AI, have filed for patents in Dabus’ name. They have stated how the AI machine deserves acknowledgment for developing the products on its own. However, patent offices have replies stating how conventionally, legal rights are given to humans.
When speaking to BBC News, Ryan Abbott, a law professor stated how in this era we see artificial intelligence writing books and snapping photographs, however, since there is an absence of a conventional author, it is impossible for them to achieve copyright protection in the United States. Ryan Abbott is law and health sciences professor at the University of Surrey. He is heading a team which is filing applications for the products created by the AI machine.
Ryan Abbott realized how this is a complex legal issue which may take many years to reach a conclusion. He doesn’t expect to be granted patents in the span of a day, but it is a progress to see how this work has begun now rather than later.