Update: India releases new guidelines for computer-related inventions
Written by Daniel van Herck
[Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:18]
Thursday, 25 February 2016
On 19 February, the Indian Patent Office amended its guidelines to provide clarity for patent examiners and practitioners on patenting computer-related inventions (CRIs). The amendments parallel similar clarifications and revisions publicised in other countries including the United States and Singapore.
The reaction from some quarters has been to assert that software patents are now excluded from patentability. This is incorrect. While the guidelines provide examples of what does not constitute a patentable CRI, the exclusions to patentability, defined under section 3 of the Indian Patents Act 1970, remain unchanged.
Author: Thomas Griffiths,Senior Associate / Patent Attorney; Daniel Collopy, Principal