A Patent is a statutory right for an invention granted for a limited period of time to the patentee by the Government, in exchange of full disclosure of his invention for excluding others, from making, using, selling, importing the patented product or process for producing that product for those purposes without his consent.
The term of every patent granted is 20 years from the date of filing of application.
A patentee enjoys the exclusive right to make and use the patented invention. The patentee also has the right to assign the patent, grant licences, or otherwise deal with the patent, for any consideration.
No, a software per se or any computer program or source code cannot be patented, rather it can be protected under copyright. However, the system & method in which some software is integrated to any hardware to perform some technical functionality can be patented.
Not mandatory but it is recommended.
You can apply online or offline.
inventor or his assignee, either alone or jointly with any other person.
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