Patent Issues for Factory Automation Inventions in AI

Attorney: Sameer Gokhale
January 15, 2021

Some of the most impressive AI breakthroughs are the result of separate contributions and heavy investments made by both large and small players in the tech-world. While many inventions in AI will be directed to cutting edge products, such as the in-home virtual assistant or the self-driving car, a lot of patentable innovations are directed to products which the public will never see or use, such as innovations in Factory Automation (FA).<... Read more

Using AI to Track AI Patents at the USPTO

Attorney: Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.
November 12, 2020

According to a new study just released by the Office of the Chief Economist at the USPTO (“Inventing AI: Tracing the diffusion of artificial intelligence with U.S. patents”), the number of annual AI applications filed at the USPTO more than doubled between 2002 to 2018, with broad growth across all technologies, inventor-patentees, and organizations. The USPTO performed the study to determine “whether AI technologies are growing in volume and, importantly, whether they are diffusing across a broad spectrum of technical areas, inventors, companies, and geographies.”  See page 2.<... Read more

USPTO Releases Public Comments on AI

Attorney: Sameer Gokhale
November 11, 2020

The USPTO recently released a report on public comments that were received in response to two requests for comments (RFCs) regarding artificial intelligence ("Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy"). The USPTO states that it will use this report to focus issues for continued exploration of other measures it may take to bolster the understanding and reliability of IP rights for emerging technologies, such as AI.... Read more

Creation vs. Conception: Can an AI Machine be an Inventor?

Attorney: Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.
October 28, 2020

Computational Creativity, a new subfield of Artificial Intelligence (AI), is the study of software that mimics human creativity. AI researchers in this field are designing software to paint pictures, write poems, and compose music. In science and engineering, some believe that the output of certain sophisticated AI software can represent a new invention conceived of, not by the author, user, or trainer of the software, but by the software itself, and that the software or the "AI machine" should be listed as the inventor on a patent application for the new invention.... Read more

Welcome to The AI Patent Blog

October 27, 2020

Today, Oblon has launched its AI Patent Blog,, which is designed to report and comment on intellectual property matters related to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry. This Oblon blog will serve as a resource for quick access to relevant news at the intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence technologies. With the emergence of cutting edge advancements in the field of AI in the last decade and its impact on nearly every industry, AI innovations provide fertile ground for a new wave of patent applications across the globe.  However, the complex and sometimes abstract nature of AI make it a challenging field for navigating patent prosecution issues and obtaining enforceable patents.  We are excited to report on current developments on technology and legal issues that will impact AI and related fields in Industry 4.0 , and share our insights with the IP community.<... Read more