1:20-cv-903 (LMB/TCB).

558 F.Supp.3d 238 (2021)

Stephen THALER, Plaintiff, v. Andrew HIRSHFELD, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division.

Signed September 2, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Geoffrey Alex Neri , Brown Neri Smith & Khan LLP, Los Angeles, CA, for Plaintiff.

Dennis Carl Barghaan, Jr. , United States Attorney's Office, Alexandria, VA, for Defendants.

Mitchell Apper, Pro Se.


Before the Court are the parties' cross-motions for summary judgment, which address the core issue—can an artificial intelligence machine be an "inventor" under the Patent Act? Based on the plain statutory language of the Patent Act and Federal Circuit authority...

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