Is it necessary to patent an idea or innovation before a beta version is released in India?

  • It depends what potential patent rights you may be interested in securing. More detail in the question is needed before a proper answer can be given.
    – Riccati
    Jan 23, 2016 at 0:07
  • I was talking about patents in software or ideas based on software applications.
    – Vin
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:12
  • @Vin Software is not patentable in India.
    – Wally
    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:33

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Yes. If you feel that it need a protection of IP then first you should file a patent application in India as well as wipo this will ensure priority and if it satisfy all patent criteria you won't face any problem.

  • Thank for the help. Is it possible to file a patent after the release of the beta version? And if so, what is the duration from the date of the release that I can apply for the patent?
    – Vin
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:08
  • You have grace period for India, for rest of world you missed novelty
    – Pushpak
    Jan 23, 2016 at 13:57

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