Facebook’s Patent Application For Crawler Denied By Indian Patent Office

The patent application filed in 2007 for Facebook’s Crawler application was refused by the Indian Patent Office citing that the crawler was not patentable under various sections of the Patent Act as it lacked an inventive step.

“The claims were not clear and the lack of any hardware limitations throughout the claims itself served as the fact the alleged invention lay only in the software or algorithm, which could be implemented by means of any conventional computer system or processor,” says V Saravanan, Assistant Controller, Patents & Designs.

High time patent office revisits the definition of what’s patentable?

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