Software Patent

Software Patent – An Overview

It is a property right that safeguards computer programs or any computer performance from computer programs. A Software Patent is like a Utility Patent with no actual legal definition. Software Patent is different from a Software Copyright. Software Patent and Copyright both safeguard the product, but a Copyright only covers the expression of an idea.

What is a Software?

Software is a set of instructions, data, programs or commands used to run computers and implement specific tasks. Software is a generic term used to mention scripts, applications, and programs that operate on a device. It can be thought of as the changeable part of a computer, while the hardware is the unchangeable part.


Some Rules Regarding Software Patent Registration

The Patent (Amendments) Act, 2002 regulates the procedure of Patent Registration. This Act came into effect on 20th May 2003. Following are the elements that are not a part of this Act:

  1. Any work related to music, art, drama, or aesthetic creation comprising TV productions & cinematography work;
  2. Topography of integrated circuits;
  3. Simple rule or scheme for executing mental Acts or a way of playing a computer game.
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