In July, South Africa granted a patent to an invention created by an artificial intelligence (AI) system, rather than a human being.
It was a world’s first in an industry that has been hostile to robo-inventors. For example, in 2020 in the U.S. an AI system was refused the right to two patents, with the ruling judge saying only “natural persons” could be inventors.
The invention given the greenlight last month has been described as mechanism that interlocks food containers based on fractural geometry that are easy for robots to grasp and stack.
This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.
To view this content, please continue to their sites.
Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.
For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]