Patent agencies challenged to accept AI inventor

At first glance, there is nothing special about two particular patent applications filed with agencies around the world this week: the first for a food container; the second for a flashing light to be used in emergency situations.

Except for one key detail: These products were designed by a machine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2019, with the headline 'Patent agencies challenged to accept AI inventor'. Subscribe