ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL PATENTS TEAM

 

Attorneys in the Electronics & Electrical team have particular technical expertise in in all areas of electrical, optical and virtual technologies including:

 

  • analog and digital electronics

  • opto electronics

  • audio and video electronics 

  • Integrated Circuits and electrical components

  • semi-conductor devices

  • medical electronics

  • artificial intelligence

  • control systems

  • signal and image processing

  • wireless technologies

  • switch technology

  • Battery Technology

  • Power Systems

  • Energy services

 

Our clients range from small, innovative start-ups to some of the most successful global companies, and our Electronics & Electrical team is highly renowned for handling complex work.

 

Indian Patent Scenario

 

There is no special legislation in India governing ‘electronics and electrical inventions’. As per the scheme of patents law in India inventions are generally defined and protection is uniformly accorded to all patentable inventions irrespective of their nature (including electronic inventions). Of all electronic inventions, perhaps software or computer programs and patents thereof have been extensively debated the world over. The position in India has been quite similar.

 

Software plays a major role in almost all electronic devices and electronically-controlled devices. Software programs per se are excluded from the scope of patentable inventions in the India under Section 3(k) of the Indian Patents Act (a mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se or algorithms, are not patentable).

 

As computer programs with technical application to the industry or embedded in hardware are included within the scope of patentable protection, the parameters for patentability that the Patent Office look for in respect of software-related inventions have not been seen basically different from those applied in respect of non-software related inventions.

  

Cases Granted (software related inventions)

 

  • Goldenchart Co was granted patent No. 198592 in respect of an asset management advice system. Although the invention is basically a business method, presentation of it as an asset management advice system was acceptable to the Patent Office.

 

  • Siemens was granted patent No. 195440 in respect of a method for testing system components of an object-oriented program.

 

  • Philips Electronics was granted patent No. 194663 in respect of an interactive entertainment apparatus operable to output sequences of image frames. Although computer programs per se are not patentable in India, the above claim was allowed as it is directed to an interactive entertainment apparatus.

 

Electronics Industry

 

  • 3rd largest pool of scientists in the world

  • 9.88% industry growth rate between 2011-15

  • Demand for electronics hardware in the country is projected to increase from USD 45 billion in 2009 to USD 400 billion by 2020

  • The sector comprises Electronic Products, Electronic Components, Semiconductor Design and Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS).

  • Telangana is a Major Technology Investment Hub in India

  • The Government has set up Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and announced National Policy on Electronics to attract investments, provide incentives, establish Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and incubation centers, support skill set development by engaging with colleges and universities and provide approvals to consortiums for investment.

  • More details about National Policy on Electronics are available here

 

Following foreign and Indian companies are amongst the top companies that file patent applications for electronic inventions in India:

 

  • BHARAT HEAVY ELECTRICALS LIMITED

  • LG ELECTRONICS INC.

  • TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSION (PUBL)

  • THOMSON LICENSING

  • HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO.LTD.

  • SONY CORPORATION

  • DELL PRODUCTS

  • M/S. THOMSON LICENSING

  • KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS

  • QUALCOMM INCORPORATED

  • SAMSUNG INDIA SOFTWARE OPERATIONS PRIVATE LIMITED

 

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