An unusual scenario in the Indian Patent world. A patent is granted just before few months of its expiration. For Computer-related Inventions (#softwarepatents) in India, technical effect and technical problem solved is to be considered.
The decision of the #IntellectualProperty Appellate Board (IPAB) to finally grant the FERID ALLANI patent application. The case went on for 19 years and finally came to an end.
“technical problem which the invention solves in the present application is that the present invention was a critical addition to the functionality of the internet in 1999”
“As the present invention falls under at least the following indicators of technical effect i.e. Higher speed, more economical use of memory and a more efficient database search strategy, the present invention is patentable.”
“.. in light of the Court’s direction that the Guidelines for grant of patents relating to the Computer Related Inventions are to be considered, along with the settled judicial precedents for granting the patent, as well as the fact that the present invention provides atleast the aforesaid technical effects, the Patent ought to be granted in favour of the Appellant”