Can Software Obtain Patent Protection?

Question by Kunal Bajpai Jurisdiction – India, USA, Australia India Software per se cannot be patented in India. Software used in combination with hardware, however, can be granted patent protection. A computer programme is defined as a set of instructions expressed in words, codes, schemes or in any other form which can cause a computer…

Who would own copyright in a poem written by AI?

Jurisdiction – USA What is AI? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines which allows them to ‘think’ and perform cognitive functions like humans. Machines use this ability to learn, solve problems and improve themselves with minimal human intervention. Popular examples of AI are self-driving cars, Amazon Echo and AlphaGo. Based on their sophistication…

Can 3D Printing Lead to Copyright Infringement?

A few months ago, I co-authored a paper with Amulya Chinmaye titled “Printing a Revolution: The Challenges of 3D Printing on Copyright“ which was published by the George Washington Law Review. In this paper, we argue that while 3D printing is going to revolutionize the world, our copyright laws are woefully inadequate to deal with…

What is the Legal Liability of a Ghost Writer?

Question by Sushrut Karmarkar, Purdue University. Jurisdiction – India, USA A ghost writer is a person who has written a work on behalf of someone else without getting credit for the work.[1] The person for whom the work is written and is given credit is the “guest author” while the ghost writer remains anonymous. Ghost…