Ayako Nakano


1. In brief On May 16, 2024, the Tokyo District Court issued a judgment in relation to a case as to whether “AI” could be recognized as an “inventor” of a patent. The judgment indicated that it is reasonable to conclude that an “inventor” under the Patent Act is limited to natural persons in light of the intellectual property laws and other laws in Japan. 2. Background 2.1 The patent application and inventor identified in…