Can I patent an artificial intelligence model?

As a few answers have indicated—there’s a bit of a slippery slope if you’ve used any sort of software with your AI model.

Why are software patents so ridiculously complicated?

There’s several reasons, but here are a few to think about:

  • Software is forever evolving. Whatever is the latest and greatest today will likely be replaced by the next latest and greatest in just a few short years.
  • There’s not a lot of financial incentive to get a patent on software. Between copyrights and secrets of the trade—most of the top secret stuff stays that way even without the protection of a patent.
  • Software is incredibly abstract and very difficult to define. Without proper explanation, the patent is up for interpretation. Not good.
  • There’s some very specific criteria that must be met for any software-infused model to earn a seat at that patent-worth table.

To answer your question—It’s hard to say. It really depends on what was used to make the end product.

Your best bet is to talk it over with a patent attorney. Check out LawTrades. We offer a marketplace of the most qualified patent attorneys that can evaluate your situation and then offer further legal guidance if your model truly fits the qualifications for a patent.