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AIPLA's June CLE - USPTO AI Guidelines




The Online Programs Committee for AIPLA is happy to announce our June CLE on

June 20, 2024 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM   |   Up to 90 CLE Minutes


Our Speakers Ann McCrackin, Franklin Pierce School of Law, and Ryan Phelan, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, will discuss the recently released AI guidelines from the USPTO in AIPLA's June CLE.



Join us as our speakers discuss the recently issued USPTO examination guidance regarding patentability for artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted inventions. The guidance states that AI-assisted inventions are not “category unpatentable.” Instead, when a natural person provides a “significant contribution” to an invention, such an invention can be patentable even if an AI system contributed to the invention. While the guidance does not constitute law, it is grounded in law, i.e., the Federal Circuit’s so-called Pannu factors, which serve as a test for ensuring that a natural person contributed, at least in part, to the conception of the invention as required in the Federal Circuit’s Thaler decision on AI inventorship. The guidance also provides several useful guidelines and examples to help patent practitioners determine what constitutes a “significant contribution” for purposes of establishing natural person inventorship and, thus, patentability for AI-assisted inventions.

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