Stephen Thaler v. Katherine K. Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Director of the USPTO, USPTO

Case Number: CLB0507

Date: 08.05.2022

Citation: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit No. 2021-2347

When a statute unambiguously and directly answers the question, analysis does not stray beyond the plain text. Congress has determined that only a natural person can be an inventor, therefore, AI cannot be. Accordingly, the plain meaning of “inventor” in the Patent Act is limited to natural persons.

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