Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, PhD, is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Partner at Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan, LLP, and a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS.
He has consulted for, among others, the UK Parliament, European Commission, WHO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is a licensed physician and patent attorney in the United States, and a non-practicing solicitor in England and Wales. Managing Intellectual Property magazine named him one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property in 2019.
Working with Dr Thaler, Prof Abbott’s efforts to win recognition for DABUS AI machine as an inventor has drawn coverage by the WSJ, the BBC, CMS Law-Now, among others. Their efforts have been successful in Australia and South Africa.
Prof Abbott is the author of The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law. He will give you a firsthand account of what it’s being like to try and win recognition for AI machines as inventors and the implications for intellectual property.
The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law is the title of my new book. I argue, in this book, that the law should not discriminate between people and AI when they are performing the same tasks, a legal standard that will help to eliminate market distortions and to ensure that decisions are made on the basis of efficiency.
If you have any interest in the rapidly evolving relationship between AI and the law, this book is recommended for you. You may read more about it here.
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