ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND TRANSPORT
Artificial intelligence is everywhere today, but can it be patented in all technological sectors?
Ways of protecting an artificial intelligence tool relating to the medical sector were analysed in a previous IP Alert. Let us now ask this question for the transport sector in the broad sense (aviation, automobile, aerospace) which is the fifth sector accounting for the most European filings in 2020 (see European Patent Office statistics of March 2021).
Are artificial intelligence technologies to be found in some transport-related inventions?
The answer is yes. To this end, we have identified four recently granted patents in this field whose claim 1 relates to the use of an artificial intelligence tool applied to input data to obtain an estimate of desired output data, as illustrated by the following table:
In the table, the elements in bold are the elements justifying the grant by the EPO.
The above examples show that artificial intelligence is developing especially with the rise of the autonomous car.
However, the patentability of these examples is not essentially linked to such an application. Patentability is indeed conferred by original input/output data and/or the use of a specific artificial intelligence tool (here notably by a particular learning process). This is valid for any type of transport.
Therefore, as seen before for the medical sector, protecting an artificial intelligence tool in the transport sector is entirely possible. For this purpose, it is sufficient to identify an original element among the input/output data and/or the artificial intelligence tool (type of tool and/or way of obtaining the tool).
Our LAVOIX experts are at your disposal to help you with such an identification.