Jean-Marc Deltorn: “The Patentability of Artificial Intelligence Applications”

Public Lecture

Thursday 3 March 2022, 18:00 (BST), EB206

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.  Please e-mail Prof. Dinusha Mendis at to book your place.


A new generation of artificial intelligence (AI) tools are at the heart of an increasing number of applications. From automating the control of vehicles to recognising speech and classifying images at levels comparable to – or even higher than – human capabilities, these processes are now spearheading an unprecedented wave of technical developments… as well as fostering significant investments. In this context, securing legal protection for such objects is of the utmost strategic and economic importance. Patents are one of the principal tools that can offer protection to innovators for their technical contribution and, as such, constitute an essential means to promote and incentivise technical progress. After having introduced the essential characteristics of the latest generations of artificial intelligence inventions, we will address the patentability of computer-implemented AI inventions and of the products generated through the use of AI applications. Examples derived from the applicable European case law will be used to illustrate this presentation.

Jean-Marc Deltorn is Assistant Professor and senior researcher at the International Centre for the Study of Intellectual Property (CEIPI, University of Strasbourg). At CEIPI, Jean-Marc studies the interplay between IP norms and emerging digital technologies. He is co-founder and director of CEIPI’s “AI & IP” University Diploma and Adjunct director of CEIPI’s Research Laboratory. Prior to joining CEIPI, Jean-Marc spent more than 15 years at the European Patent Office (EPO) where he led the AI expert group and chaired the prosecution of AI applications (including image, speech and text processing). Jean-Marc is currently a member of the “Impact of Technology Expert Group”at the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (EUIPO).

Jean-Marc holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Paris University and a PhD in Law from Strasbourg University.