Patent Filings Roundup: AI Inventor Facial Challenge Filed; Lego and WB Challenge RFID Toy Patents; Uniloc Challenge Denied for Indefiniteness (Sort Of )

By Jonathan Stroud
August 12, 2020

patent filingsThis week, the district courts saw 77 new complaints—though at least 10 are re-filings of Uniloc v. Google cases being transferred from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California by stipulation, somewhat inflating the numbers, leaving us with a relatively low filing rate of 66 bona fide new complaints this week. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), for its part, saw 36 patent filings, driven up in part by a half-dozen petitions from LEGO® and Warner Bros. against assertion vehicle MQ Gaming, LLC.

Things Go Better with AI, says DJ: As reported a few days ago by Bloomberg Law and Law360, the ersatz AI-inventor DABUS (and his human advocate and creator Stephen Thaler) has filed a facial challenge to USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s authority to deny a patent application (technically, two) filed with DABUS as the named inventor. Thaler accuses the USPTO of creating a new patentability requirement, filing the facial challenge in the Eastern District of Virginia, and setting up an interesting existential debate that I hope is more fun to watch than Stephen Spielberg’s similarly named film.

Some of the more interesting aspects of the AI-owner-inventor debate center around who, if such filings are ever allowed to proceed, owns the fruits of an AI’s inventions. It’s all more of an intellectual than financial/substantive debate at this point—the applications in question are to a fractal-designed cup and a blinking light beacon—with the complaint going so far as to cite and quote John Stuart Mill, Alan Turing, and a laundry list of invention-related Supreme Court opinions. But a fun one, nonetheless.

All the Building Blocks: MQ Gaming, LLC, an assertion vehicle run by Jonathan Barney (who went to Michigan—Go Blue!), formerly of patent broker Ocean Tomo, startup PatentRatings, LLC, and a partner at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, and associated with another, Creative Kingdoms Technologies LLC, brought suit against Warner Brothers and Legos on patents related to RFID-enabled toys used as part of their lucrative Lego Dimensions® series (and Lego Batman®-branded Dimensions products), themselves largely based on the wildly popular Skylanders®  series of real-world toys that interact with video games via RFID switches. Lego® and Warner Brothers® have now filed six IPRs on the asserted patents. While the concept and implementing technology does seem simple, the portfolio benefits from a relatively early filing date (2002) and evidence of commercial success and industry praise. A good portion of the petitions is devoted to concerns over a 2021 trial date and the potential it may be moved due to COVID. Conversely, a good portion of the complaint was devoted to awards and early praise given the predecessor company Creative Kingdoms (now apparently sold) by tech magazines prior to the commercial success of Skylanders®.

Between Uniloc and a Hard Place: Fortress IP-backed Uniloc 2017 LLC has again benefitted from the indefiniteness of a patent under 35 USC 112—sort of. The Board denied Apple’s petition IPR2020-00397 on Uniloc’s asserted patent U.S. 6,980,522 on 314 discretionary grounds, but they did so, based on the petitioner’s argument that the claims lacked sufficient structure as a computer-implemented means-plus-function claim. The Board refused to bite, suggesting that doing so would be akin to issuing an “advisory opinion” and demurring, which, fair. Certain Board panels have done so in the past, though results have been mixed—some instituting, some saying the claims are indefinite affirmatively, others couching it in a failure of proof—and it’s an ongoing concern with any petitioner challenging computer-implemented means-plus-function claims that arguably lack structure or algorithms. Yours truly co-authored an article on the indefiniteness bind in 2017, the main contribution to the debate being the title, Indefinitely, Maybe. Challenging MPF claims continues to present the Board and petitioners with the Hobson’s choice of alleging indefiniteness and earning denial or arguing definiteness to earn institution but make the patent owner’s definiteness case for them. With district courts being less likely to take up the indefiniteness mantle in dispositive briefing (the Court here is the Eastern District of Texas), it remains to be seen whether the issue will be resolved or the assertion will linger. This particular patent has had claims challenged and instituted in the past (then settled—by Samsung).

                                    PTAB (36)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01417 Filed Spacetime3D, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8881048
IPR2020-01372 Filed ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
10100449
IPR2020-01371 Filed ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
9840797
IPR2020-01444 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
9463380
IPR2020-01225 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC [Kenneth Weise, KW Strategic Enterprises, LLC] Apple Inc. 10163103
IPR2020-01224 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC [Kenneth Weise, KW Strategic Enterprises, LLC] Apple Inc. 10163103
IPR2020-01263 Filed Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Biocon Pharma Limited 8101659
IPR2020-01419 Filed Spacetime3D, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9696868
IPR2020-01448 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
8814688
IPR2020-01424 Filed Paul Bernaed Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.; GrayHawk Tools International, LLC 9187989
IPR2020-01237 Filed IPR Licensing Inc [Interdigital, Inc.] Lenovo Holding Company, Inc. 8085665
IPR2020-01447 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
8475275
IPR2020-01410 Filed Martin Kuster Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
Sandisk, LLC
8705243
IPR2020-01364 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9978294
IPR2020-01432 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC 9820171
IPR2020-01422 Filed Nxp B.V Impinj, Inc. 7257092
IPR2020-01415 Filed Lightwire, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Askeladden LLC 8112405
PGR2020-00077 Filed NCS Multistage Inc. Tco AS 10465445
IPR2020-01435 Filed Treefrog Developments, Inc. Fellowes, Inc. 9660684
IPR2020-01404 Filed Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation MediaTek, Inc.
MediaTek USA, Inc.
7280551
IPR2020-01445 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
9770652
IPR2020-01438 Filed Cloudbreak Therapeutics, LLC Allgenesis Biotherapeutics Inc. 10149820
IPR2020-01446 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
8790180
IPR2020-01391 Filed Martin Kuster Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
Sandisk, LLC
8693206
IPR2020-01418 Filed Spacetime3D, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9304654
IPR2020-01430 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC 10334499
IPR2020-01236 Filed IPR Licensing Inc [Interdigital, Inc.] Lenovo Holding Co. Inc. 8427954
IPR2020-01373 Filed ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
10240270
IPR2020-01425 Filed Paul Bernaed Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.; GrayHawk Tools International, LLC 9869163
IPR2020-01401 Filed Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8630484
PGR2020-00078 Filed NCS Multistage Inc., Tco AS 10465445
IPR2020-01369 Filed RSA Protective Technologies, LLC Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc. 8215865
IPR2020-01379 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC [Concert Technology Corp.] Unified Patents, Inc. RE45543
IPR2020-01402 Filed Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9392175
IPR2020-01443 Filed MQ Gaming, LLC LEGO Systems, Inc.,
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.,
WB Games Inc.
9162149
IPR2020-01416 Filed Intex Marketing Ltd. Bestway (USA), Inc. 10165869
IPR2020-00536 Not Instituted – Merits GM Global Technology Operations LLC [General Motors] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D797624
IPR2020-00496 Not Instituted – Merits Rigetti & Co., Inc. IBM Corporation 9893262
IPR2020-00497 Not Instituted – Merits Rigetti & Co., Inc. IBM Corporation 9893262
PGR2020-00012 Not Instituted – Merits Geigtech East Bay LLC Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. 10294717
IPR2020-00304 Not Instituted – Merits Wi-Lan, Inc. [Quarterhill Inc.] Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCT Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCL Mobile Communications (HK) Co., Ltd.
9854577
IPR2020-00295 Not Instituted – Merits Alcon Inc. Ayla Pharma LLC 9533053
IPR2020-00302 Not Instituted – Merits Wi-Lan, Inc. [Quarterhill Inc.] Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCT Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCL Mobile Communications (HK) Co., Ltd.
TCT MOBILE (US) INC.
8259688
IPR2020-00488 Not Instituted – Merits Corephotonics Ltd. [Samsung] Apple Inc. 10015408
IPR2020-00303 Not Instituted – Merits Wi-Lan, Inc. [Quarterhill Inc.] Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCT Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCL Mobile Communications (HK) Co., Ltd.
8817805
IPR2020-00397 Not Instituted – Procedural Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 6980522
IPR2020-00262 Not Instituted – Procedural Venkat Konda Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. 8269523
IPR2020-00333 Not Instituted – Procedural Utex Industries, Inc. Gardner Denver, Inc., 10428949
IPR2020-00729 Not Instituted – Procedural Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Dell, Inc.
HP, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
8102286
IPR2020-00396 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 6980522
IPR2020-00445 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6581565
IPR2020-00677 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Vudu, Inc. 8407609
PGR2020-00013 Instituted Geigtech East Bay LLC Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. 10294717
IPR2020-00477 Instituted Cellect, LLC Samsung 9667896
IPR2020-00444 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6581565
IPR2020-00454 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6644115
IPR2020-00261 Instituted Venkat Konda Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. 8269523
IPR2020-00260 Instituted Venkat Konda Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. 8269523
IPR2019-01514 Adverse Judgment Polaris Innovations, Ltd. Advance Micro Devices, Inc
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
6728144
IPR2019-01035 Adverse Judgment Realtime Adaptive Streaming, LLC [Realtime Data Compression Systems, Inc.; Brickell Key Asset Management] Google LLC 9769477
IPR2019-00359 Final Written Decision Narton
UUSI, LLC d/b/a Nartron Corporation
UUSI, LLC d/b/a Narton
Apple Inc. 5796183
IPR2019-00514 Final Written Decision Select Comfort Corporation
Sleep Number Corporation f/k/a Select Comfort Corporation
American National Manufacturing Inc. 5904172
IPR2019-00528 Final Written Decision Blackberry Limited Facebook, Inc.
Instagram, LLC
WhatsApp, Inc.
8279173
IPR2019-00516 Final Written Decision Blackberry Limited Facebook, Inc.
Instagram, LLC
WhatsApp, Inc.
8279173
IPR2019-00451 Final Written Decision Hale Biopharma Ventures, LLC
Neurelis, Inc.
Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. 9763876
IPR2019-00527 Final Written Decision Election Systems & Software, LLC Smartmatic USA Corporation 7753273
IPR2019-00610 Final Written Decision Fall Line Patents, LLC Starbucks Corporation
American Multi-Cinema, Inc.
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
Boston Market Corporation
Mobo Systems Inc., d/b/a OLO Online Ordering
et al.
9454748
IPR2019-00358 Final Written Decision Narton
UUSI, LLC d/b/a Nartron Corporation
UUSI, LLC d/b/a Narton
Apple Inc. 5796183
IPR2019-00833 Final Written Decision British Telecommunications PLC Vimeo, LLC
IAC/InterActiveCorp
7974200

 

                            District Court (77)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
3:20-cv-01275 Filed NATIONAL STEEL CAR, Ltd. The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. 7434519
7878125
3:20-cv-05339 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 8194632
3:20-cv-05341 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 8407609
1:20-cv-04557 Filed SYMBOLOGY INNOVATIONS OpticsPlanet, Inc. 8424752
6:20-cv-00712 Filed W.H. Wall Family Holdings, LLLP Merit Medical Systems 6974475
2:20-cv-00250 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC HannStar Display Corp. 7088401
7499119
5929947
6579749
6674093
6891196
3:20-cv-05333 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 6952450
1:20-cv-04627 Filed Sanderling Management, Ltd. Snap, Inc. 9639866
10108986
9355412
1:20-cv-01046 Filed BTL Industries, Inc. Zimmer MedizinSysteme, GmbH
Allergan
ALLERGAN, LTD.
Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
Zeltiq Ireland Unlimited Co.
10632321
10695575
10695576
10709894
10709895
1:20-cv-01050 Filed JSDQ Mesh Technologies, LLC Eero, LLC 7286828
7916648
RE43675
RE44607
2:20-cv-07146 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Netis Systems USA Corporation 7827581
9344183
2:20-cv-10176 Filed Allergan Pharmaceuticals International Limited
Allergan
Sun Pharmaceutical
1:20-cv-00906 Filed Vinglace, LLC Occasionally Made Llc
2:20-cv-00248 Filed Karya Property Management, LLC ResMan, LLC 7636687
3:20-cv-00670 Filed Blevins, Inc. Landmark Technology A, LLC 6289319
7010508
3:20-cv-05345 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 9564952
0:20-cv-61595 Filed centre de recherche dentaire am inc.
5:20-cv-05342 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 6253201
1:20-cv-04637 Filed DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Inc.
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd.
Falkbuilt, Ltd. 10467814
1:20-cv-01047 Filed Natera ArcherDX, Inc. 10731220
8:20-cv-01472 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Comtrend Corp. 7827581
9344183
2:20-cv-00261 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Sophos Ltd 7739401
6954790
7260846
3:20-cv-05501 Filed Viavi Solutions, Inc. Platinum Optics Technology, Inc. 9588269
9945995
9354369
1:20-cv-09901 Filed Guy A. Shaked Investments, Ltd.
Dafni Hair Products, Ltd
Ontel Product Corporation D817007
9578943
9591906
9877562
2:20-cv-10172 Filed Teva Pharmaceutical
Norton (Waterford) Ltd/
CIPLA Ltd.
2:20-cv-01203 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC ACDSee Inc.
4:20-cv-05340 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 6452515
5:20-cv-05346 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 6366908
8:20-cv-01436 Filed HYPER ICE, INC. Theragun, Inc. 10729614
1:20-cv-00384 Filed Columbia River Mining Supplies LLC Colter Young
Colter Young Consulting & Design
Jane Doe Young
Colter Young Consulting LLC
9358550
6:20-cv-00709 Filed BCS Software, LLC Hewlett-Packard 7302612
7533301
7890809
6:20-cv-00713 Filed W.H. Wall Family Holdings, LLLP Terumo Corp. 6974475
2:20-cv-07041 Filed HARPER ADVANCE, LLC EFSWW ACQUISITION, LLC d/b/a EFSWW ACQUISITION
EFSWW LLC d/b/a EFSWW
CARTAGE NOW, LLC d/b/a CARTAGE NOW
CARTAGE SYSTEMS, LLC, d/b/a CARTAGE SYSTEMS
ARCHGATE TMS, LLC
et al.
10565537
2:20-cv-00251 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC HannStar Display Corp. 6404474
6657699
7009673
6078375
6513943
2:20-cv-00252 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC HannStar Display Corp. 6594143
7046327
6549259
6812528
6486931
2:20-cv-00254 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC Truly International Holdings, Ltd.
Truly Semiconductors, Ltd.
6891196
7088401
7499119
5929947
6579749
6674093
2:20-cv-10023 Filed LASHIFY, INC. Kiss Nail Products, Inc. 10660388
10721984
0:20-cv-61594 Filed Centre De Recherche Medico Dentaire AM, Inc.
0:20-cv-61596 Filed Centre De Recherche Medico Dentaire AM, Inc. DSD Applications, LLC
DSD Planning Center
Digital Smile Design By Coachman
9411910
2:20-cv-07081 Filed Body Fit Training USA, Inc.
World Class Functional Training, LLC
F45 Training Pty, Ltd.
F45 Training Holdings, Inc.
10133850
10143890
8:20-cv-01459 Filed Addaday, LLC HYPER ICE, INC. D855822
10561574
D886317
2:20-cv-00259 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 7739401
6954790
7260846
3:20-cv-05344 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 7012960
3:20-cv-00607 Filed Vinglac, LLC OCCASIONALLY MADE, LLC D/B/A SWIG LIFE 10703553
2:20-cv-00260 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Lanner Electronics, Inc. 7739401
6954790
7260846
4:20-cv-00605 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC Barnes & Noble, Inc. 8396743
8712846
5:20-cv-05495 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Netgear, Inc.
5:20-cv-05499 Filed sockeye
5:20-cv-05504 Filed Apple Koss Corp. 10206025
10298451
10469934
10491982
10506325
5:20-cv-05519 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC
5:20-cv-05520 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Netgear, Inc. 9547981
3:20-cv-01526 Filed Sundesa, LLC Imsinc, LLC
5:20-cv-05327 Filed Remote Concepts, LLC Blue Jeans Network, Inc. 7016942
5:20-cv-05334 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 6349154
2:20-cv-09901 Filed Guy A. Shaked Investments, Ltd.
Dafni Hair Products, Ltd
Ontel Product Corporation D817007
9578943
9591906
9877562
2:20-cv-00249 Filed Lennon Image Technologies LLC Ulta Beauty, Inc. 6624843
3:20-cv-05358 Filed Gregoire Gentil Wingfield, GmbH 10143907
2:20-cv-00255 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC Truly International Holdings, Ltd.
Truly Semiconductors, Ltd.
6404474
6657699
7009673
6078375
2:20-cv-00256 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC Truly International Holdings, Ltd.
Truly Semiconductors, Ltd.
7046327
6549259
6812528
6513943
3:20-cv-05330 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC
Uniloc USA, Inc.
GOOGLE, LLC 6473114
3:20-cv-05343 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 6628712
8:20-cv-01463 Filed Core Optical Technologies, LLC Adva Optical Networking North America, Inc.
John Doe
ADVA Optical Networking SE
6782211
1:20-cv-01051 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC NEXON KOREAN CORP.
NEXON CO, LTD
6324578
7069293
2:20-cv-02378 Filed Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc. Kansas State University Research Foundation
Intervet, Inc. d/b/a Merck Animal Health
10450351
6:20-cv-00714 Filed W.H. Wall Family Holdings, LLLP Veryan Medical, Ltd. 6974475
2:20-cv-00253 Filed Lupercal LLC PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 9386094
2:20-cv-07094 Filed Core Optical Technologies, LLC Adva Optical Networking North America, Inc.
John Doe
ADVA Optical Networking SE
6782211
1:20-cv-00903 Filed Stephen Thaler Andrei Iancu
8:20-cv-01468 Filed Core Optical Technologies, LLC [Mark T. Core] Does
Cisco Systems, Inc.
9515745
6782211
4:20-cv-00607 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] Books-A-Million, Inc. 8396743
8712846
5:20-cv-05497 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Netgear, Inc.
5:20-cv-05500 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Netgear, Inc.
1:20-cv-06241 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Spytec GPS, Inc. 9261365
3:20-cv-01537 Filed Nuance Medical, LLC Digital Cashflow, LLC
Christopher J. Ackerman
6:20-cv-01405 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Namsung America
8:20-cv-01828 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Audio Partnership, LLC
8:20-cv-01829 Filed RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Silent Partner Technologies, LLC

The Author

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is Chief IP Counsel at Unified Patents, LLC, where he manages a growing team of talented, diverse attorneys and oversees a docket of administrative challenges, appeals, licensing, and district court work in addition to IP, administrative, amicus, policy, marketing, and corporate matters.

Prior to Unified he was a patent litigator for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, and a former medical devices patent examiner at the USPTO. He earned his J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law; his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University; and his M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California. He enjoys teaching, writing, and speaking on patent and administrative law.

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  1. Josh Malone August 12, 2020 1:54 pm

    What is wrong with advisory opinions? It seems that it would solve all of the PTAB problems and would be fair for everyone.

  2. Bart Newland August 12, 2020 5:18 pm

    The AI-as-inventor challenge is fascinating. I believe that there are plenty of situations where, if the AI cannot be named, no one can be named under current inventorship jurisprudence.

  3. Jonathan R Stroud August 12, 2020 7:59 pm

    Josh, I agree—there’s nothing wrong with it in the administrative sense, and it conflates administrative rulings with Article III standing requirements. Bart, I agree it’s a super fascinating topic that presents a whole host of novel legal issues (though I am not sure DABUS is the best first mover).

  4. Jonathan R Stroud August 12, 2020 8:01 pm

    And in retrospect I should not have gendered DABUS male. I had an elementary school teacher named Mr. Dabney and I think I associate Dabus as a male name, but should have thought about it or used they.

  5. Anon August 15, 2020 9:58 am

    In retrospect, the ‘genderfication’ (anthropomorphication) should have been avoided, and the proper pronoun would be ‘it.’

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