In fact, that’s already happening in some patent offices. One of the main problems with the patent system is that in order to decide if a proposed thingamabob is truly a new invention, patent examiners would ideally sift through monumental troves of data to pinpoint how said thingamabob is (or isn’t) novel. With those requirements, patents would never get issued, so instead, examiners do as much research as possible within a reasonable time frame and take their best guesses. This leads to patents that never should have been granted, which is a drag on the economy. But some patent offices are hoping to change that with AI. For example, both the Japanese and US patent offices are exploring new systems that could help dig through the world’s available information, and flag relevant documents that examiners would otherwise miss. This gives examiners more information to use in their analyses and frees them up to pursue answers to…

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