South Africa Issues World's First Patent With AI Inventor

By Andrew Karpan (July 28, 2021, 6:59 PM EDT) -- The patent office in South Africa on Wednesday issued the world's first patent for an invention created by artificial intelligence, furthering a fight over recognition for such patents in other countries.

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, an agency under the country's Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, issued the patent to Stephen Thaler, who runs a company called Imagination Engines in Missouri and who is behind another invention, called a device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience, or DABUS.

"The invention was autonomously generated by an artificial intelligence," the patent reads, published in CIPC's monthly journal of new patents,...

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