Industry bodies, VC funds and several start-ups have written to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), urging it to review the Computer Related Inventions (CRIs), 2016, which they say lack avenues for companies to patent their research.
CRIs are inventions that involve the use of computer, computer networks or other programmable apparatus and include inventions which have one or more features that are realised wholly or partially by means of a computer programme. Industry associations like Assocham and Broadband India Forum, VC funds like SeedFund and start-ups such as MayMyMeet and Now Floats have written a letter to the PMO seeking “immediate help and intervention” in bringing out appropriate amendments to the prevailing CRI guidelines, 2016.
They say that the current CRI guidelines will adversely impact the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched the BHIM-Aadhaar app, primarily a computer-related innovation for digital payments, and recommended such technology to be patented. However, the prevailing CRI guidelines put a blanket ban on patenting of computer-related inventions unless a ‘novel hardware’ is also invented,” it said.