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Artificial intelligence: The difficulty in patenting software

When it comes to patenting artificial intelligence (AI), there are some things that make it difficult. One of those things is the black box AI algorithms.

These start with training data that give the AI information on how to learn and expand. The issue is that with this set up, the AI learns to make decisions but doesn't give any information on how connections are made. Thus, it's nearly impossible to patent any algorithms from AI programs.

Since it's difficult to identify how the AI works, it's hard for people to seek patents and to fulfill the needs of the patent office. The workings of the AI are likely extremely intricate, so releasing any information could expose the company's secrets, another serious issue.

For an application to be accepted, it's necessary to show specific details about training data, hardware, heuristics used to make decisions and technical improvements over a computer's basic functions. The neural network also has to be identified.

Like AI software, there are many things that are difficult to patent. That doesn't mean there aren't other protections, though. It's a good idea to look into trademarks, patents and other protections if you've developed something that could support your business and create a profit. Your attorney can walk you through the different ways you can protect your interests.

Our site has more on patents and other methods of protecting your assets and ideas. With the right help, you can make sure your intellectual property stays safe and that your ideas aren't stolen or used by competitors who could ruin your business plans for good.

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