Opinion  |  09/09/2021

Artificial Intelligence Systems as Inventors?

The question of whether an Artificial Intelligence system can or should be recognised as an inventor has been debated world-wide. The Institute has issued a position statement in view of the emerging case-law on this issue.

In particular, the position statement critically views the arguments to do so provided in a recent decision by the Australian Federal Court and highlights that they are based on questionable assumptions, first, regarding the technical capabilities of AI and, second, concerning the ostensibly positive impact of such recognition on innovation. Overall, it is emphasised that the question that should be addressed in the first place is whether inventions allegedly generated by AI should merit patent protection at all.

Position Statement