When we hear people talking about Artificial Intelligence, even these days, we often think this is still something that came out of a science fiction movie, when the reality is that as today in the world we have systems with AI that among other things are able to do things such as creating a Perfume (Phylira from IBM) carrying out accurate diagnoses of patients (Mount Sinaí Hospital in New York) and even inventing things on its own (DABUS IA)
This recent rise in AI technology has been reflected in the number of patent applications around the world related to it, with an average rise of 165% just between 2013 and 2016 (WIPO Technology Trends 2019)
Given the constant advances in technology, we now face new challenges and questionings in the system of patents, now that we are coming closer to an AI being able to be completely autonomous and capable of inventing things on its own, without any human assistance.
If an invention happened to be achieved as a result of an Artificial Intelligence without any intervention or human assistance, ¿Who would own the property of that patent?¿What would be the benefits of giving a human right to an object or machine capable of creating and inventing?
This and more questionings will rise in the next few decades, which is why we must keep searching for ways to adapt the system of patents in the world, in order to be able to keep up with the new technologies it will face.
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