Recent developments in artificial intelligence tools and applications are helping patent examiners improve how they find prior art in support of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent examination processes.
One of these is an AI-based prototype search system for finding relevant prior art and also an auto-classification tool that uses machine learning to help examiners classify patent documents in its Cooperative Patent Classification system in use around the world.
“Image search capability is at the forefront of some of our fraud efforts,” USPTO CIO Jamie Holcombe told GovernmentCIO Media & Research. “We have an obligation to ensure that we're doing everything we can to look for those fake images and any type of manipulation of business marks, to make sure we're only authorizing a correct trademark.”
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