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Spot-Fixing: An evolution of the Gentleman's game.

A lot (ok, some) of you would have heard about the spotfixing scandal that has broken out and with every passing day an even bigger (sleazier?) story comes out to keep the momentum going. Sick of it? Sick of the corruption that afflicts Indian society? Fear not I have two bits to talk about that will restore your spirits.

The first is actually a rewind to incidents, not here in India, but in the USA. Sports and gambling related indiscretions are part and parcel of their history. Some came out in the press and created news like IPL6 is and others were brushed under the carpet.

The second is a slightly different take on the current series of events. Betting and fixing scandals have been around since... well... let's say a long time. When cricket was played not as often as now and national pride was at stake. Fixing was a no no no.

But the game evolved to give us IPL and manufactured loyalty (purportedly basis where the team is located). Consider the following: Since, there are no…

Why Patent Law in India needs to allow Software Patents

A few weeks ago, I got an idea for a product. Instead of sitting on one side and letting the idea slide. I decided to try and patent it.

The idea and even the category it operates in are immaterial to this piece.

While I am still figuring out the patent part of it. I realized that software patents are not possible in India while they can be patented in the US.

In India, the only way you can patent software is if it is closely linked with hardware i.e. software is intrinsic to the functioning of the hardware. Effectively, impossible.

I believe a similar situation existed in the US before as well. However, some time back they changed their process to explicitly allow software patents. Result. US has a huge body of patents which American companies use to bludgeon every other company to death.

India, on the other hand did not do evolve with time. High time, India allowed for a more accommodative patent regime that allow Indian inventors and companies a similar edge.

The current age is al…