U.S. Supreme Court refuses to grant patents to AI for “inventions”

Artificial intelligence and its latest innovations have been all the rage lately. Naturally, this has also led to some apprehension from regulators about the potentially negative impacts the technology could have. Now, in a rather interesting case, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a computer scientist’s petition to grant a patent to his artificial intelligence system.

Computer scientist Stephen Thaler filed patent applications to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for reportedly unique prototypes of a beverage holder and a light beacon. Thaler claims that these prototypes were generated by its AI system called Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience (DABUS), created at his Missouri-based firm Imagination Engines Inc.

However, the USPTO refused to attribute the patent to DABUS, emphasizing that patents can only be granted to human inventors and that DABUS cannot be a legal creator of the prototypes.