Software patents in India - thoughts about it?



  • Hello NotCrudders,

    I'm curious to hear the community's thoughts on software patents. As many of you might know, software patents in India have not been allowed. However there is a recent proposal floating with Indian government to allow software+hardware combined patents. There's a risk that this would be used as a loophole to patent software in India. Check out this recent Economics Times article for more details.

    What are your thoughts on software patents?

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  • Software patents doesn't help anyone except the Patent trolls IMO. In General, I think no patent should be awarded for more than 7 years.



  • This will be disastrous. The proposal asks not only for software patents, but on business methods as well.

    I agree with FSMI's position: http://fsmi.in/content/patent-office-guidelines-not-tune-patents-act



  • @p_chhonker said:

    Software patents doesn't help anyone except the Patent trolls IMO. In General, I think no patent should be awarded for more than 7 years.

    In addition, no patents for hardware+software either. Period.



  • I am 100% sure if software patents come into play in India, innovation dies a painful dealth. All because of Patent Trolls!!



  • Reminds me of the LG Double door technology ads where they used to openly boast about 10 year patent etc etc.

    But I wonder how much relevance patents have/ or the mind space one should give to that. To me it looks majorly an execution driven growth these days. One quirky examples I came across around this was -

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/23/google-awarded-patent-for-free-rides-to-advertisers-locations/ - Nothing has happened on this (at least I don't see) and I can easily imagine uber/ ola etc tricking their way through the technicalities...

    To be human is to be curious, childlike, complex and immoral.

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  • Is it even not possible to patent algorithms or a protocol for solving a problem ?


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