SpicyIndia: Patent protection for marriage portal?
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Date: 03 Nov 2008 12:17
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Generally, two sets of arguments can be raised against granting patent to the Virtual Matrimony Meet setup: (1) it’s a business method patent and (2) it’s an attempt to patent a computer program. BUSINESS METHOD: Section 3(k) of the India Patent Act reads as follows: “The following are not inventions within the meaning of the Act: A mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se or algorithms.” Definition & Other Issues: Though there is no Indian jurisprudence on the matter, a general definition of business methods would be broad enough to include essentially commercial activities where the hardware and software elements are described and claimed generally and geared towards the ends of a particular business system. More specifically, as per the definition given by Anatoli Kalpakidou in “Business Method Patents: Should They Survive in Europe?” (13 Int'l J.L. & Info. Tech. 243), business methods would cover, inter alia, economic activities such as buying and selling item
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