Internet giant Google secured an Indian Patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files.
Earlier in the year 2009, Google filed the Patent Application for Annotation Framework for Video, as a national phase application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Accordingly, the application was examined under the Sections 12 and 13 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970.
Google in its application claimed that, annotations provide a mechanism for supplementing video with useful information and can contain, for example, metadata describing content of the video, subtitles, or additional audio tracks.
These annotations can be of various data types, including text, audio, graphics, or other forms. To make their content meaningful, annotations are typically associated with a particular video, or with a particular portion of a video.
Section 12 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 speaks about the Examination of Patents. By virtue of Section 12, when a request for examination has been made in respect of an application for a patent in the prescribed manner to an examiner for making a report to him in respect of the following matters, namely;
- whether the application and the specification and other documents relating thereto are in accordance with the requirements of this Act and of any rules made thereunder;
- whether there is any lawful ground of objection to the grant of the patent under this Act in pursuance of the application;
- the result of investigations made under section 13; and
- any other matter which may be prescribed.
Section 13 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 speaks about the Search for anticipation by previous publication and by prior claim. By virtue of Section 13, the examiner to whom an application for a patent is referred under section 12 shall make investigation for the purpose of ascertaining whether the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification;
- has been anticipated by publication before the date of filing of the applicant’s complete specification in any specification filed in pursuance of an application for a patent made in India and dated on or after the 1st day of January, 1912;
- is claimed in any claim of any other complete specification published on or after the date of filing of the applicant’s complete specification, being a specification filed in pursuance of an application for a patent made in India and dated before or claiming the priority date earlier than that date.
Source: financial express