Bhagavadgita & the Art of Patent Writing

Continuing with the same theme that I wrote about last week, let me explore further the statement from our great epic Mahabharata- “What is here is found elsewhere – What is not here is nowhere” . Now I have set for myself  a more challenging task. The question I put to myself is: Is there any part of the epic which teaches us the art of patent writing?  Yes, indeed, if you dig deep into Gita. Let me elaborate:

As many would know patents are the pillars on which the modern-day technological world is built. For those not familiar, a Patent is a legal document which confers intellectual property right on the applicant. This can be for a new product, a new process or simply a new application. There are 3 most important criteria for granting a patent and they are: Innovativeness, usefulness and Non-obviousness.

Consider a scenario where you are asked to write a patent draft  claiming that the entire Universe belongs to you. How would you do it? This is wonderfully exemplified in the chapters 10 & 11 of the Gita. These two chapters are so exhaustive in its Claims on everything in the Universe that anyone reading these chapters will have no choice but to surrender completely before the Lord!

As professionals, we are all trained in the art & science of patent writing, but as humans we all do commit mistakes at times. As anyone familiar with patents would know, the most important part of a patent is the Claims. One cannot afford to make a mistake in CLAIMS because any lapse in writing this part is likely to be exploited by competitors to their advantage. Now let me explain how these two chapters of Bhagavadgita may be viewed as patent documents.

In Chapter 10, the Lord says: Everything in the universe belongs to Me. He goes about very systematically considering physical, mental/intellectual and spiritual dimensions. In doing so, He picks and chooses the best in every class – be it in the realm of natural resources, animal kingdom, men, spiritually evolved Beings etc and lays a claim that those best qualities emanate from Him and hence belong to Him. In laying claim to all that is best in each class, the Lord is making sure that nothing is left out. To further cement His claims on the Universe, the Lord says beautifully in the verse #40 that whatever He had listed so far were merely illustrative examples of His glory and not exhaustive. In verse #41 He further says: whatever is glorious, prosperous or powerful is merely a manifestation of a part of My splendour.

While the Lord claimed in chapter10 that everything in the Universe originated from Him and so belonged to Him, in the Chapter 11 He validated the claims through a display of VISWARUPA DARSANAM. Nothing can be more scientific than this?

Bhishma’s Vishnu sahasranama, which also appears in the epic, rewrites the same patent in a different style. Look at the very first line of this holy text, where Bhishma says – VISWAM VISHNU…   . Although he follows it up with thousand names of the Lord, there is nothing more to be said after the first two words, which captures the essence of the entire text so brilliantly!

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