IAM: Business method and software patent trends in India
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 07 Apr 2009 09:07
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
However, the offices are inconsistent in their practice with regard to software inventions, mainly due to the lack of clear guidelines. While the Indian Patent Office largely relies on the practice of the European and UK patent offices, there have been instances where inventions claiming software methods with a technical effect that have been allowed by the European or UK patent office have nonetheless been rejected by Indian Patent Office officials on the following grounds: * The term "technical effect" is not defined in the Indian Patents Act. * The Draft Manual is not binding on the examiners, as it is only in draft form. * There are no Indian precedents in respect of software inventions.
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