The DABUS patent applications have been widely reported in the media and have prompted many commentaries on the merits of the cases by people working or interested in patent law. The UKIPO, the EPO, the USPTO and the German Patent Office have refused to allow DABUS (an AI system) to be named as the inventor. However, their decisions have raised many more questions than they have answered. There are issues of law, for instance whether patent laws prohibit the granting of patents for inventions made by AI systems or the naming of an AI system as inventor, as well as issues of principle.
Robert Jehan has been handling the UK and EPO patent applications, as well as being closely involved in the other applications in the same family. He will gladly provide a summary of the history of the cases and issues on appeal, to the extent that they can be discussed at this time.