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AI System 'Should Be Recognized As Inventor,' Academics Say

By BBC News

August 2, 2019

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An artificial intelligence system should be recognized as the inventor of two ideas in patents filed on its behalf, a team of academics says.

The AI has designed interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and a warning light that flashes in a rhythm that is hard to ignore.

Patents offices insist innovations are attributed to humans — to avoid legal complications that would arise if corporate inventorship were recognized. This restriction "was not the result of seriously considering autonomous machine invention, and should not therefore prohibit subsistence of intellectual property rights" to a machine, according to the patent application of the academics, two professors from the University of Surrey and a Missouri-based inventor.

"The output of autonomously inventive machines should be patentable if it meets the requirements of patentability set out in law," they write.

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