The Artificial Inventor Project

Patents and Applications

Issued Patents

South AfricaZA2021/03242

Published Application

Patent Cooperation TreatyWO 2020/079499 A1 ; PCT/IB2019/057809

Appeals Pending

United StatesPetition for Certiorari to Supreme Court Pending
2021-2347 Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit - Opinion
Oral Arguments 6 June 2022
- Opening Brief 
- USPTO Response
- Reply Brief
Thaler v. Hirshfeld, 558 F. Supp. 3d 238 (E.D. Va. 2021)
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Decision on Petition: In Re: 16/524,350
United KingdomApplication for Special Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court Granted
Court of Appeal Judgment: [2021] EWCA Civ 1374
High Court Judgment: Thaler v The Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs And Trade Marks [2020] EWHC 2412 (Pat) (21 September 2020)
UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) decision not to grant: In Re GB1816909.4 / GB1818161.0
EuropeApplication Number 21216024.6 (Divisional Pending)
J 0008/20 (Designation of inventor/DABUS) of 21.12.2021

EP3564144 (Fractal Container)
EP3563896 (Neural Flame)
European Patent Office (EPO) grounds for refusal: In Re EP 18 275 163 / In Re 18 275 174
Germany11 W (pat) 5/21 (Fractal Container) (under appeal to Supreme Court)
18 W (pat) 28/20 (Neural Flame)
12 W (pat) 21/20 (Fractal Container)
Application Numbers: DE 10 2019 128 120.2 & DE 10 2019 129 136.4
AustraliaApplication for Special Leave to High Court Pending
Commissioner of Patents v Thaler [2022] FCAFC 62

Thaler v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 879
AU 2019363177

Patent Application Pending

CountryApplication Number(s)
BrazilBR 112021008931-4
CanadaCA 3,137,161
ChinaCN 2019800061580
IndiaIN 202017019068
Israel268604 & 268605
JapanJP 110001519
New ZealandNZ 776029
Republic of KoreaKR 10-2020-7007394
Saudi Arabia521422019
TaiwanTW 108137438 & TW 108140133

Fractal Container Abstract

A container for use, for example, for beverages, has a wall with and external surface and an internal wall of substantially uniform thickness. The wall has a fractal profile which provides a series of fractal elements on the interior and exterior surfaces, forming pits and bulges in the profile of the wall and in which a pit as seen from one of the exterior or interior surfaces forms a bulge on the other of the exterior or interior surfaces. The profile enables multiple containers to be coupled together by inter-engagement of pits and bulges on corresponding ones of the containers. The profile also improves grip, as well as heat transfer into and out of the container.

Neural Flame Abstract

The present invention discloses devices and methods for attracting enhanced attention. Devices include: an input signal of a lacunar pulse train having characteristics of a pulse frequency of approximately four Hertz and a pulse-train fractal dimension of approximately one-half; and at least one controllable light source configured to be pulsatingly operated by the input signal; wherein a neural flame emitted from at least one controllable light source as a result of the lacunar pulse train is adapted to serve as a uniquely-identifiable signal beacon over potentially-competing attention sources by selectively triggering human or artificial anomaly-detection filters, thereby attracting enhanced attention.