[Ip-health] EPO - EPO refuses DABUS patent applications designating a machine inventor

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Fri Dec 20 11:29:03 PST 2019


This is an important issue.  Jamie


https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2019/20191220.html


EPO refuses DABUS patent applications designating a machine inventor
20 December 2019

The EPO has refused two European patent applications in which a machine was
designated as inventor. Both patent applications indicate “DABUS” as
inventor, which is described as “a type of connectionist artificial
intelligence”. The applicant stated that they acquired the right to the
European patent from the inventor by being its successor in title.

After hearing the arguments of the applicant in non-public oral proceedings
on 25 November the EPO refused EP 18 275 163 and EP 18 275 174 on the
grounds that they do not meet the requirement of the EPC that an inventor
designated in the application has to be a human being, not a machine. A
reasoned decision may be expected in January 2020.
https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2019/20191220.html


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