Intellectual Property Rights
Are Software Patents Finally Dead?

Prabir Purkayastha

5th March 2016

Last month, the Indian Patents Office released the revised Guidelines for Computer Related Invention (CRI Guidelines), which has finally aligned the Patents Office fully with the Indian Patents Act. This is the third time that software patents have been beaten back in India: the first with the Amendments to the Patents Act in 2005, the next, smuggling it in through the Patents Manual issued by the Patents Office, and th ...

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CRISPR: Good Science or Evil Science?

Prabir Purkayastha

3rd February 2016

A three-year old technology of gene editing called CRISPR is now the focus of two major disputes. The disputes are: who (or which team) will get the Nobel prize for this discovery, and the other, the patent rights over the technology coming out of this discovery. One is the holy grail of science; not the discovery itself, but the public accolade that goes with it. The other is of course the billions of dollars that the paten ...

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Software Patents Refuse to Die

Prabir Purkayastha

27th September, 2015

Software patents are like zombies in the zombie film genre that Hollywood has made popular. They just refuse to die. As many time you kill them, they revive again and keep coming back. In India, we thought we had killed and buried software patents with the Amended Patent Act in 2005, and again in the Patents Manual, 2011, both of which effectively deny software patents. The recent G ...

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Capitulation on IP: Reaching a Point of No Return?

Amit Sengupta

29th October 2014

The government has chosen the occasion of Prime Minister Modiís visit to the US to articulate a vision on Intellectual Property (IP) protection that promises to radically reshape the Indian IP system (as reported in this column a couple of weeks back). What is of particular interest is the contrast between the BJP led governmentís present stance on IP and the BJPís position on the floor of Parliament when Indiaís Patent Act was b ...

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Modi's US Visit: Introducing Bad Patents and Removing Liability for US Suppliers

Prabir Purkayastha

20th October 2014


The US-India Joint Statement signed during Modi's visit to the US has opened the doors ...

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