PCT Application Video

We have uploaded a new video talking about the issues involved in enforcing patents. You can find the video on YouTube here as part of our ongoing FishFAQ series of explanations of intellectual property.

We have also included these videos as part of our FAQs on the Patent FAQs sections on Types of Patents and Foreign Filings.

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Right-to-Practice Video

We have uploaded a new video covering the Right-to-Practice. Having a patent on your invention gives you the right to exclude others from practicing your invention, but not necessarily the right to make and sell the invention. Find out why in this short video.

This video has been included in our Patent FAQ section on Right to Practice, and you can find all our FishFAQ videos on our YouTube Channel.

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Patent Enforcement Video

We have uploaded a new video talking about the issues involved in enforcing patents. You can find the video on YouTube here as part of our ongoing FishFAQ series of explanations of intellectual property.

We have also included these videos as part of our FAQs on the Patent FAQs section on Enforcement.

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Invention Disclosure video

We have a new FishFAQ video out covering Invention Disclosures. You can view it to the right, or find it on the relevant Invention Disclosure section on our Patent FAQs page.

You can find all our FishFAQ videos on our YouTube channel.

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Developments in Copyright and Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) has noticed the increased number of copyright applications that contain or include AI-generated works and has launched an initiative to examine the copyright law and policy issues raised by the use of AI.

1. The Initiative

The USCO has created the Copyright and Artificial Intelligence webpage as a hub for AI-related developments in copyright. Here you can find all past events on the matter, and register to current and future events, as well as relevant cases and publications. In particular, the USCO is planning four public listening sessions, as detailed below, at the end of which it will publish a notice of inquiry seeking public input on issues of AI in copyright.

While the deadline to register as speakers for the first two events has passed, anyone can register to attend and listen to the four public sessions.

2. The Guidance

The USCO has also published a guidance on the application of copyright law to AI-generated works. Here are the main points:

  • a) The USCO clarified once again that “copyright can protect only material that is the product of human creativity.” Non-humans, such as AIs, cannot be “authors” under copyright law. Therefore, copyright can only be claimed on works created by a human.
  • b) In evaluating work submitted for registration, the USCO will focus on whether the traditional elements of authorship, i.e. “literary, artistic, or musical expression or elements of selection, arrangement, etc.,” are created, conceived and executed by the AI, or by a human with the assistance of the AI as a tool. In the former case, there is no human authorship and thus the work is not registrable. Therefore, if the human gives an input to the AI but has no creative control over the traditional elements of authorship, then there is no copyrightable work. Cases will necessarily need to be assessed case-by-case depending on how each AI works.
  • c) When submitting an application, applicants must disclose the inclusion of AI-generated content in the work and briefly explain the human author’s contributions to the work.

3. Relevant Cases

Zarya of the Dawn” – The applicant submitted a compilation of AI-generated images. While the images themselves lack human authorship and cannot be registered, the text, selection and arrangement of the work are authored by the applicant and protected by copyright.

A Recent Entrance to Paradise” – a 2D artwork entirely and autonomously authored by an AI cannot be registered and is not protected by copyright.

These decisions are in line with the clarification that works created by animals, such as a selfie taken by a monkey, lack human authorship and are not copyrightable, as reiterated in the USCO Compendium.

AI generated art for Zarya of the Dawn

An AI-generated pic from “Zarya of the Dawn”.

AI generated art: A recent entrance to paradise.

This is the 2D artwork entirely, and autonomously, authored by an AI: “A Recent Entrance to Paradise”.

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for Bob’s BackSeat Driver App

BackSeat Driver App

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

Have you ever been driving distracted and run through a stop sign or red light? 
Distracted driving is a huge problem with huge associated costs.

There are various solutions to help, but many of these require cameras and software built into the vehicles. After-market dash-cam systems typically only record events, they don’t prevent a driver from running a red light or stop sign. 

Bob Fish has patented a better, cheaper solution to the problem and is hoping to crowdfund production of the app to help save lives and money.

Whenever it appears that your vehicle is not stopping in time, the Backseat Driver app will use the camera and sophisticated algorithms in your own cell phone to warn of upcoming red lights and stop signs.  The system doesn’t rely on GPS, or signals emitted from traffic lights. It can even work in the dark.

Click on the button if you would like to learn more.

Bob’s Revised Patent Books Available

Bob Fish holding copies of his updated books: White Space Patenting and Green Fields Patenting.

Bob published his Patent Shock Series of books back in 2012-2013. But we just revised them with significant updates. There are new covers, updated material and information and this version is in a more popular 8.5″x 11″ format.

You can find the books on Amazon.

White Space Patenting is geared towards writing robust patent applications.

Green Fields Patenting is geared towards building a solid patent portfolio.