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Inventorship in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Früh, Alfred. (2021) Inventorship in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. SSRN. pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Artificial Intelligence is shaking up patent law. One of the most important questions in this regard is whether current patent laws adequately deal with increasing machine autonomy when it comes to inventorship. This paper uses two examples, namely Robot Scientists in drug development and antenna design in electrical engineering, to gauge the current level of machine automation in industrial production. A legal assessment carried out on this basis shows that the current use of the term inventorship is not future-proof and calls for policy adjustments: Patent law's procedural provisions need to be amended and must overcome the requirement that only a human being can be an inventor. Moreover, droit moral considerations should be eliminated from substantive patent law altogether. Both measures would restore transparency in the patent register, reflecting the actual inventive activity.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Privatrecht > Professur Privatrecht, Life-Science-Recht (Früh)
UniBasel Contributors:Früh, Alfred
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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