The USPTO recently issued a call for comments on the issue of artificial intelligence (AI) inventorship. This is an important step in determining how AI-generated inventions will be treated under patent law. The Patent Bar, a group of experienced patent attorneys and agents, has weighed in on this issue with their own set of recommendations.
In its comment letter to the USPTO, the Patent Bar noted that AI technology is rapidly evolving and becoming increasingly sophisticated. As such, it argued that any new rules or regulations regarding AI inventorship should take into account both current and future developments in this field. In particular, they suggested that any new rules should recognize “the potential for multiple inventors” when it comes to AI-generated inventions.
The Patent Bar also recommended that the USPTO consider different types of ownership structures when it comes to AI-generated inventions. For example, they suggested allowing companies or individuals who have contributed resources or expertise towards developing an invention to receive some form of recognition as co-inventors alongside the actual inventor(s). They further proposed creating a system whereby these contributors could receive compensation if their contributions were used by another party without permission or proper attribution.
Finally, the Patent Bar urged the USPTO to create clear guidelines regarding what constitutes sufficient evidence for proving inventorship in cases involving AI technology. They pointed out that since many aspects of an invention may be generated automatically by algorithms rather than manually by humans, traditional methods for establishing inventorship may not always apply in these situations. To address this concern, they proposed requiring applicants seeking patents on AI-generated inventions to provide additional evidence demonstrating their involvement with developing said invention beyond simply claiming authorship over certain elements thereof.
Overall, while there are still many questions surrounding how best to handle issues related to patenting inventions created using artificial intelligence technologies, one thing is certain: The Patent Bar’s thoughtful input provides valuable insight into how best approach this complex topic going forward and deserves serious consideration from all stakeholders involved—including those at the USPTO itself!