Is an Artificial Neural Network a computer programme ineligible for patent protection? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This fascinating case is imperative reading for anyone not computer literate who wishes to understand the concept of an Artificial Neural Network. In recent times the courts have had to grapple with the difficulties of this concept in relation to traditional computers and software. This appeal raised new questions because it involved deciding whether the use of an aspect of Artificial Intelligence, namely an Artificial Neural Network (“ANN”), in the circumstances of this case, fell under section 1(2)(c) of the Patents Act 1977 which excludes from patent protection “a program for a computer … as such”..’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2023