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How are software patents granted in India?

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Software patents are granted in India if the computer related inventions pass the patent eligibility test. Software patents are granted by the Indian patent office for inventions that are novel, inventive, and are capable of industrial application. Software patents comprising innovative processes combined with hardware aspects can be registered under Indian patent laws.

For the purposes of patent registration in India, the process / method claims of software patents should be drafted in combination with apparatus / system claims including hardware features, which should not be a general hardware, such as a computer, or a mobile device. In addition, the system / apparatus claims should be limited by novel aspects of the corresponding methods or processes. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

Does Indian patent law allow software patents?

Yes, software / computer related innovations can be protected under patent rights as provided by the Indian patent laws. However, according to section 3(k) of the Indian Patents Act, mathematical formulae, business methods, and computer programs per se, are treated as non-patentable inventions.

Accordingly, computer related inventions, or CRIs, including mobile applications and software patents, can be protected in India by way of novel and inventive combination of innovative processes / method claims embodied via hardware, wherein the combination or hardware and software should be capable of industrial application, as defined in the patent law. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

How to apply for software patent in India?

The first step to apply for software patents in India is to determine whether the software based innovation is eligible for patent protection or not. The patent eligibility, or patentability, is determined by conducting a patent prior art search, which covers patent and non-patent literature to determine the novelty and inventive step (non-obviousness) of the proposed invention.

Another important step is to determine if the proposed invention falls under the category of the non-patentable inventions, which is specified under Section 3(k) of the Indian patents act. As per Indian patent laws, software / mobile apps fall under the category of computer related inventions (CRIs), which have to drafted in a particular manner to pass the patent eligibility test.

Therefore, once a software patent is drafted, the same can be applied to Indian patent office by following the patent e-filing process, or the physical filing, under the guidance of an Indian patent attorney or a patent law firm with expertise in patents. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

How to patent a software in India?

Indian patent laws don’t specifically provide patent protection for computer programs per se, but computer related inventions (CRIs) can be protected under the Patents Act, including software and mobile applications. Software owners and publishers can protect intellectual property rights by combined protection of software patents and software copyright. Copyright protection is aimed at protecting software source code, while patent protection is aimed at protecting technical aspects of the software and mobile applications, which should satisfy the patent eligibility criteria as specified under the provisions of the Indian patent laws. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

How to patent a mobile application in India?

Mobile applications can be patented by filing one or more patent applications with the Indian patent office corresponding to one or more innovative features of the mobile application. The Indian Patents Act state that one patent application should relate to a single invention only.

Accordingly, innovative aspects of the mobile app can be patented by drafting patent claims covering the corresponding hardware and software features, by way of system / apparatus claims and method / process claims. While drafting patent claims for mobile app based innovations, utmost care must be given to highlight novel aspects to connect the hardware elements with each other, wherein each element shall be limited in accordance with its functionality as described in method claims. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

What are the examples of software patents in India?

Technology companies like Microsoft have been filing patents in India regularly and most of such patent pertain to the category of software patents. While patents cannot be obtained in India for computer program per se, software and mobile applications can be protected in India by claiming combination of novel aspects of hardware and software, by way of system and method claims.

Examples of software patents in India may be seen here.

As may be concluded from above, the Indian patent office grants patent for software and mobile apps, which fall under the category of computer related inventions (CRIs), as method claims describing hardware features, which are further limited by their respective functionality as specified in the method claims. More details on software patents in India can be found here. Other FAQs on software patents can be seen here.

Written by:

Rahul Dev,

International Technology Business Lawyer | Member – Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA)  

Partner and Patent Attorney, Tech Corp Legal LLP  (Tech Corp Group), an international law firm specialised in business and technology laws providing patent drafting (software patent drafting, mobile app patent drafting, patent drafting for computer related inventions), searching, filing and PCT national phase services along with trademark and other aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in addition to corporate law practice governing cross-border M&A transactions, technology licensing, agreements and contracts.

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Full Article: Patent Opposition in India: Recent Trends

Overview of patent opposition in India, the two-stage patent opposition process and how it affects the industry, as the patent applicants are now vulnerable to multiple pre-grant oppositions filed by competitors, or even by a single competitor, since there is nothing to stop a party which has filed a pre-grant opposition from subsequently filing an opposition once the patent has been granted.

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As a result, it is not uncommon that continuous and repeated opposition proceedings have been launched against the same patent application. The resulting delays are a major cause of concern for the patent applicant, as the patent term begins to run from the date of filing of the application. This wave of opposition proceedings is also adding to the backlog of patent prosecutions at the Indian Patent Office. Given that revocation and litigation are also available options to challenge a patent, the delay in grant may be regarded as bias against the patentee.

Rahul Dev, Partner at the law firm of Tech Corp Legal LLP, is a patent attorney and international technology business lawyer. Dev’s corporate law practice is aimed at integrating patents, technology laws, intellectual property rights, regulatory and security laws to provide services to Tech companies.

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Patent Drafting | Writing Patent Application

As it is well known, inventions are created and protected under patent rights and a strongly drafted patent application determines the potential of an invention. The patent process includes various steps, including, prior art patent search, patentability analysis, drafting and filing provisional patent application, drafting and filing complete (non-provisional) patent application, patent prosecution, patent grant and patent renewal. For each step, the strength of patent depends upon quality of drafting patent application, specifically prosecution before the patent office. Therefore, drafting a patent application is a crucial and challenging process.

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Patent Drafting India

Drafting of patent application in India requires compliance with provisions of Indian Patents Act, 1970. Specifically, Section 10 of Indian patent law states “Contents of specifications”, which requires every patent specification, whether provisional of complete, to describe the invention.

This section requires that every patent application filed in India shall begin with a title sufficiently indicating the subject-matter to which the invention relates and shall include drawings (patent figures or patent illustrations) as part of the patent specification.

The Indian Patents Act further states that if required, in any particular case, the Controller of Patents may ask the patent applicant or inventor to further provide a model or sample of anything illustrating the invention or alleged to constitute an invention.

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Every patent application that is to be filed with Indian patent office shall:

Drafting Patent Claims in India | Writing Patent Application in India

Before filing a patent application in India, it should be ensured that the patent claims of the complete patent specification (non-provisional patent application) shall relate to a single invention, or to a group of inventions linked so as to form a single inventive concept, which shall be clear and succinct and shall be fairly based on the matter disclosed in the specification.

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