USPTO argues that AI lacks legal capacity to invent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has argued in an ongoing case that artificial intelligence (AI) lacks the necessary legal capacity to be considered an inventor and that inventions by AI cannot be patented. 

The court case was brought forward last year after the USPTO denied applications by Stephen Taller to patent inventions created by the ‘Dabus’ creativity machine

The USPTO argument mirrors a decision previously passed by the European Patent Office,  which stated that according to the European Patent Convention only human beings or ‘natural persons’ may be considered inventors.