The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by a computer scientist seeking patent rights for inventions created by artificial intelligence (AI). The court upheld the lower court’s ruling that patents can only be issued to human inventors.
Thaler argued that denying AI-generated patents limits the patent system’s ability to stimulate innovation and technological progress. Thaler’s supporters, including Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, claimed the decision jeopardizes billions in investments and US competitiveness. Thaler has sought DABUS patents in other countries and challenged the US Copyright Office’s decision to deny copyright protection for AI-created art.