Machine or transformation? Bilski in India


Anuradha Salhotra

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos has implications for business method patents in India, says Anuradha Salhotra.

Businesses are in a continual state of change, adapting and responding to the needs of society. With the advancement of technology, businesses have become more complex and highly specialised. In recent years, businesses have needed to adapt to the onset of the information age, which has changed traditional norms of doing business.

Businesses have emerged that combine technology and innovation with more traditional business methodologies. Concurrently, a relatively new class of patents has matured: business method patents that have existed for several years, but have only recently become universally important.

Business method patents deal with new and innovative methods of conducting an economic activity and are regarded as part of a larger family of utility patents.

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