Horton, Lodge Published in Reuters Westlaw IP About Themes in Public Comments Related to AI Patent Policy

21 December 2020 Westlaw News

Matthew Horton and Alexandra Leigh Lodge published the article, “Notable Themes in Public Comments Submitted to the USPTO Related to AI Patent Policy” in Reuters Westlaw IP. The article looks at four themes that stood out among the comments received related to the USPTO’s August 2019 “Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions.”

“A major takeaway is that the patent community generally feels that U.S. patent law is structured to handle AI inventions, though the report also highlighted concerns for ongoing or future evaluation,” Horton and Lodge wrote.

Themes that Horton and Lodge highlight include:

  • Existing U.S. patent law is equipped for AI technology
  • “Narrow AI” and “Artificial General Intelligence” (AGI) are two categories of AI that should be considered
  • AI’s effect on the definition of a “Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art”
  • AI’s effect on prior art

Read the full article here

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