We are getting ready to launch a new site providing an innovative internet-based service. We are currently looking at the patenting scenario for software/internet based inventions and we find that there are certain challenges to getting a patent for these kinds of things in India. What do you think about the patent scenario in India vs. the US ? Do you think we should have a similar patenting system for software as in the US ? Is there anyone here who has experience in filing software/internet patent applications in India or the US ?
How important is patent protection in your opinion ? What are the other measures that can be taken to protect your invention apart from patents and copyrights ? How do sites like makemytrip, redbus etc. protect themselves from competitors who may try to copy them ?
Alok, any thoughts on the above ?