Ten Assumptions About Artificial Intelligence That Can Mislead Patent Law Analysis

77 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2021

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Daria Kim

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Maximilian Alber

Aignostics GmbH

Man Wai Kwok

University of California

Jelena Mitrovic

University of Passau

Cristian Ramirez-Atencia

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Jesus Rodriguez Perez

University of Glasgow

Heiner Zille

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Date Written: August 1, 2021

Abstract

The paper examines a set of assumptions about artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, often taken as factual premises in discussions on the future of patent law in the wake of ‘artificial ingenuity’. The objective is to draw a more realistic and nuanced picture of the human-computer interaction in solving technical problems than where AI systems autonomously generate inventions. A detailed technical perspective is presented for each assumption, followed by a discussion of specific uncertainties under patent law. Overall, it is argued that none of the posited assumptions on closer examination appears to raise fundamental uncertainty about the appropriateness of the patent system.

Keywords: artificial intelligence; AI-generated inventions; disclosure; evolutionary algorithms; genetic programming; inventive step; inventor; machine learning; obviousness; patent law; patentability

Suggested Citation

Kim, Daria and Alber, Maximilian and Kwok, Man Wai and Mitrovic, Jelena and Ramirez-Atencia, Cristian and Rodriguez Perez, Jesus and Zille, Heiner, Ten Assumptions About Artificial Intelligence That Can Mislead Patent Law Analysis (August 1, 2021). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 21-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3910332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3910332

Daria Kim (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

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Maximilian Alber

Aignostics GmbH ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

Man Wai Kwok

University of California

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Davis, CA 95616
United States

Jelena Mitrovic

University of Passau ( email )

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Passau, 94032
Germany

Cristian Ramirez-Atencia

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ( email )

Ciudad Universitaria
Madrid, MA Madrid 28040
United States

Jesus Rodriguez Perez

University of Glasgow ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom

Heiner Zille

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg ( email )

Germany

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