16 July 2024

Patentability of computer programme – Madras HC clarifies Section 3(k) while allowing grant of a patent

The Madras High Court has set aside the Order of the Assistant Controller of Patents rejecting the patent for ‘Associating Command Services with Multiple Active Components’. The Patent Office had rejected the patent alleging exclusion under Section 3(k) of the Patents Act, 1970 as constituting computer programme per se and not involving any inventive hardware. The finding of the Patent office that the invention lacked inventive step under Section 2(1)(ja) in view of certain prior arts, was also set aside by the High Court here. The applicant-appellant was represented by Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys in this case.


23 June 2024

Power of Enforcement Directorate to attach any other property as ‘value equivalent’

In the recent case of Francis Chakkalamathaom Peter[1], the Hon’ble Appellate Tribunal under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (‘PMLA Tribunal’) has held that in the absence of the direct proceeds of crime, the Enforcement Directorate (‘ED’) has the rights to attach any other property equivalent to the value of proceeds of crime.


23 June 2024

53rd GST Council Meeting – Highlights of certain measures covering trade facilitation and law & procedure

GST Council Meeting presided by the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister was held on 22 June 2024 in New Delhi. The Council meeting held after more than 8 months, and the first after the General Elections, has recommended many trade facilitation measures along with many other measures relating to GST law and procedures. The Council has also recommended many changes in the GST rates for both goods and services.

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