On 28 January 2020, the European Patent Office (EPO) published its reasons for two recent decisions refusing two European patent applications in which a machine named DABUS—”a type of connectionist artificial intelligence”—was designated as the inventor. The applicant had argued that the machine should be recognized as the inventor and that he, as the owner of the machine, was an assignee of any IP rights created by his machine.
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On 20 January 2016, following oral opposition proceedings, the European Patent Office (EPO) has apparently revoked a European patent held by Monsanto on certain virus-resistant melon plants. No Patents on Seeds, a European-based coalition initiated by various NGOs, was one of the groups in opposition to the melon patent, based on notices received by the EPO in February 2012.
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