More entities are seeking protection for AI-related inventions at the European Patent Office, but while grant rates are also on the rise they continue to lag the overall rate. In this co-published piece, Frances Wilding of Haseltine Lake Kempner offers a guide to key data points writing a co-published piece in IAM.
The term “artificial intelligence” is sometimes used in European patent applications and patents without further explanation or elaboration, AI apparently being taken to be no more than a known, off-the-shelf option. It is very unlikely that such applications and patents are concerned with developments in AI.
The International Patent Classification (IPC) helps us here. It has an extensive dictionary in which catchwords are linked to classifications. The catchword “Artificial Intelligence” is linked to only one class: G06N. That at least covers machine learning and neural networks, technologies at the core of developments related to artificial intelligence.
The details of the technologies covered by G06N are given further below. Applications and patents given the classification G06N provide a useful indication of EPO-related trends.
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