August 28, 2019
Following up on the release of eligibility guidelines for AI-related inventions earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) published yesterday a request for public comments on a series of patent-related issues regarding AI inventions. Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions, 84 Fed. Reg. 44889, 44889 (Aug. 27, 2019).
The Patent Office hopes that with the input it receives in response to this request for comments from the innovation community and experts in AI, the Patent Office will be in a strong position to evaluate whether further patent examination guidance is needed to (1) “promote the reliability and predictability of patenting artificial intelligence inventions,” and (2) “ensure that appropriate patent protection incentives are in place to encourage further innovation.” Id.
The office’s request poses twelve questions covering “a variety of topics from patent examination policy to whether new forms of intellectual property protection are needed.” Id. For example, the questions cover topics such as:
This is an important opportunity for individuals and companies active in AI technologies to provide their perspective on how U.S. intellectual property law and patent office procedures should address some of the unique issues raised by AI inventions. Written comments may be sent by email to AIPartnership@uspto.gov, and must be received on or before October 11, 2019.
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