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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…