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India not to allow software patents

Globally, patents favour large MNCs that can afford the high cost of filing patents and not startups, hence the decision on India's part

India will continue to disallow software patents

India has decided to continue to disallow software patents, following an uproar from software product companies and activists. The announcement came in the latest guidelines for computer related inventions (CRIs) published by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks on February 19. Prior to the announcement, the patent office had stayed the August 2015 revised guidelines which allowed for software to be patented on the grounds of ‘demonstrating technical advancement’. Following concerns raised by start-ups and other stakeholders, the guidelines were stayed in ...