Facebook’s patent application rejected

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2018

The patent office has refused to entertain Facebook’s application for patent to the “method and apparatus for an application crawler” that is used to search the Web for files, including texts and videos. The Patent Office said that the invention was not allowed under the Patents Act, 1970.

V Saravanan, Assistant Controller of Patents & Design, in his order on Wednesday said that considering the submissions of the agents of the applicant and their arguments put forward during the hearing, he was of the opinion that the claims of the alleged invention cannot be allowed under the Patents Act. Therefore, he rejected the application under Section 15 of the Act.

The application was filed by Truveo Inc in 2007. This was later assigned to Facebook.

Facebook Crawler fetches content, including text and video, from various websites and generates a preview for browsers.

Published on March 24, 2015

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