Brian J. Assessor is a registered patent attorney handling patent applications, prosecution, and related matters for solo inventors, start-up companies, and corporate clients in a variety of technological areas. Brian works closely with inventors to develop patent strategies to fit their business goals. Brian files both U.S. and international patent applications in areas including hardware, software, network infrastructures, semiconductors, telecommunications, mechanical devices, and consumer products.

Prior to entering private practice, Brian worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner, where he focused on error detection and correction as well as fault detection and recovery.

 Admitted in Maryland and before the USPTO. Not admitted in Massachusetts. Practice limited to federal patent law.

Most of us know that DATA, the beloved android from Star Trek, The Next Generation, is an artificial intelligence (AI) life form from the distant future with a high capacity to problem solve and innovate. But, if DATA were present today and invented a new technology, could he be an inventor on a patent for his invention?

The question of whether AI can legally be an inventor on a patent was recently addressed by the European Patent Office (EPO) and The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The same question is still being evaluated by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) along with solicitation for comments to the patent community.
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