DABUS – Seeking to patent inventions made by an AI system – a view from the applicant’s patent attorney

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DABUS - Seeking to patent inventions made by an AI system - a view from the applicant's patent attorney
Start date Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:30 PM
End date Tuesday, September 1, 2020 01:30 PM
CPD Points 1.0
Price Non Member £73.20 (Includes £12.20 VAT)
Member £49.20 (Includes £8.20 VAT)


The DABUS patent applications have been widely reported in the media and have prompted many commentaries on the merits of the cases by people working or interested in patent law.  The UKIPO, the EPO, the USPTO and the German Patent Office have refused to allow DABUS (an AI system an AI system) to be named as the inventor.  However, their decisions have raised many more questions than they have answered.  There are issues of law, for instance whether patent laws prohibit the granting of patents for inventions made by AI systems or the naming of an AI system as inventor, as well as issues of principle.

Robert Jehan has been handling the UK and EPO patent applications, as well as being closely involved in the other applications in the same family.  He will gladly provide a summary of the history of the cases and issues on appeal, to the extent that they can be discussed at this time.


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Robert Jehan, Williams Powell

While Robert read electronic engineering at University, his patent practice is much wider, covering a great range of subject matters including medical devices, automotive technologies, electronic and electro-mechanical inventions.

Robert is one of a few UK patent Attorney Litigators and Advocates and heads the litigation practice at Williams Powell.

A large proportion of Robert’s work is for direct applicants, which involves substantial amounts of original patent application drafting work, prosecution through Patent Offices around the world and advice for securing important technological and commercial monopolies.