The purpose of the study was to analyze the importance given by selected major Indian IT
firms to innovation based on their Patent portfolio as a measure. Analysis of the Patenting
activity provides an insight into current trends in intellectual property generation apart
from providing an account of innovation and technological development taking place in the
Information Technology sector. The study summarizes results of the research that was
conducted on HCL Technologies Limited, Infosys Technologies Limited, Mahindra Satyam ,
Tata Consultancy Services Limited and Wipro Limited.
This report covers filing trends of the above mentioned companies along with status of
Patents, International Patent Classification and Priority Date. The study also provides the
filing trends and status with the field of engineering to which they belong, along with details
of all Patents filed by these companies since their inception.
Our research suggests that after a moderate retrenchment in the years 2008-2009, the IT
industry in India is recommitted to pursue innovation. The fact that the said companies
consider innovation to be one of their key assets and are committed to boost their spending
on Research & Development and innovation is evident from the increase in number of Patents
that have been filed by these companies in US Patent Office, European Patent Office and
Intellectual Property Office India. The study details the challenges associated with software
Patenting in India and postulates that despite the restrictions of obtaining a software Patent
per se in India, the IT industry is taking a prominent stand on generating and protecting
Intellectual Property in India and abroad.
Since the year 2000, awareness about Innovation and Intellectual Property Management
has been on the rise in the IT industry. It is evident from the Patent filing statistics of the
Intellectual Property Office India that the number of Patent filings in the field of computer
science has been on the rise since 2004. Across the world, a large number of organizations
are considering innovation as top priority, and consequently raising the investment on
innovation. In this study, the trends indicate that innovation has been geared towards minor
improvements to existing products and services as against innovation targeting newer
products. However, the companies are broadening types of innovation functions they are
targeting. The emphasis on product development and idea generation is increasing.