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CAFC Confirms That Artificial Intelligence Cannot Be an Inventor
About a year ago, we reported on a case out of the Eastern District of Virginia. Stephen Thaler had appealed a decision by the USPTO refusing to recognize an AI machine he created as a person. Judge Brinkema of the Eastern District ruled that only a...
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New Program May Provide Patent Relief for Software
In 2014, the US Supreme Court announced its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. The decision ruled that patent claims for computer-implemented inventions may be abstract ideas, making it questionable if they are “patent eligible subjec...
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Federal Judge Rules That AI Is Not a ‘Person’ and Cannot Be an Inventor in the U.S.
A big debate occurring in the patent community revolves around whether a patent application can name artificial intelligence (AI) as an inventor. This reached such a level that the USPTO requested comments on the topic, as we covered here before. Las...
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USPTO Addresses Gender Inequality in the Patent Bar
The USPTO has recently received criticism about the lack of gender equality in the patent bar, which is composed of people who have passed the USPTO registration exam. To take the patent bar, one does not have to be an attorney, but one has to have...
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The U.S. Patent Office Supports the Battle Against COVID-19
During the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) made multiple efforts to assist patent applicants that were affected by the pandemic. Now, as the pandemic continues to wreak global havoc, the...
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USPTO Provides Further Relief to Patent and Trademark Applicants In Response to the Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic
As a further update to our earlier posts (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Increases Extensions to Deadlines under the CARES Act; How the USPTO is Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak; and USPTO and Copyright Office Announce Extensions to Deadlines...
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