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Published: 25 October 2016

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New research published by the University of Surrey in Boston College Law Review (available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2727884) is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. Artificial intelligence is playing an ever larger role in innovation but current patent law does not recognize computers as inventors.

Without a change in the law, the findings warn that there will be less innovation, caused by uncertainty, which would prevent industry from capitalizing on the huge potential of creative computers. We are also likely to see disputes over inventorship, with individuals taking credit for inventions that are not genuinely theirs.

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News articles about this research:

Science Node. Can a computer be an inventor?
https://sciencenode.org/feature/can-a-computer-be-an-inventor.php

Seeker. A.I. Computers Should Be Named as Inventors on Patents
http://www.seeker.com/a-i-computers-named-inventors-patents-2056008851…

Think Creative. A.I. Computers Should Be Named as Inventors on Patents
http://thinkcreativeusa.com/en/a-i-computers-should-be-named-as-invento…

BNR Radio
http://www.bnr.nl/cookiewall?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bnr.nl%2Fradio%2Fw…

The Register
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/17/ai_computers_to_register_their_…

Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3845276/AI-s-allowed-pat…

Science Mag
http://scienmag.com/computers-should-be-named-on-patents-as-inventors-f…

Computing Magazine
http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2474310/report-computers-should-be-…

The Inquirer
http://www.theinquirer.net/

Science Daily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161017083925.htm

Phys.Org
http://phys.org/news/2016-10-patents-inventors-creativity-flourish.html

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