After the guidelines amending relevant provisions were out in August, several associations strongly opposed the move, saying the norms are 'detrimental' to the domestic IT sector.
    
"In view of several representations received regarding interpretation and scope of Section 3(k) of the Patents Act 1970 (as amended), the guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRls) are kept in abeyance till discussions with stakeholders are completed and contentious issues are resolved," the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks said in an office order.
    
According to the Section 3(k) of the Indian Patents Act, a mathematical business method, a computer program or algorithms are not inventions. Experts said the guidelines issued in August could place the Indian software industry at the mercy of multinational corporations.

"In India, software has a copyright protection. Computer software should not get patent protection as it will make life of software developers difficult. It will also lead to more and more litigations," National Intellectual Property Organisation (NIPO) President T C James said.
    
James said big companies from countries like the US are lobbying hard for patent protection for software in India.

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