Who owns the Patent Rights of Aakash Tablets? DataWind or Government of India?

This is the question that no one is answering. Based on an idea floated by the Government of India, Aakash Tablet has been developed by IIT Rajasthan and DataWind won the tender to manufacture the world’s cheapest tablet. The company then subcontracted the manufacture of the tablets to Quaid Electronics.

Registered in UK and having presence in USA, India and Canada, DataWind was marketing (not manufacturing) a product called Pocketsurfer, a pda/cell phone/web browser device.

The company’s official website describes PocketSurfer as a web access device and a wireless cell phone accessory that provides anytime and anywhere access to the real world-wide-web.

Before the episode of Aakash tablet with Indian government, DataWind was never into tablet manufacturing, though it has been marketing UbiSurfer Notebook.

Now, with the knowhow provided by IIT Rajasthan, Datawind started getting Aakash made by subcontractors. Though Indian government has not yet received Aakash II so far, its commercial variant UbiSlat 7+ & 7C are being sold by DataWind in the open market.

Who owns the patent rights of Aakash or its commercial twin UbiSlat? DataWind or IIT Rajasthan or Government of India?

Should not the Government of India (GoI) get royalty on DataWind’s Ubislat Tablet sales in the open market? All said and done, world’s cheapest tablet idea is the intellectual property of the GoI.

Irrespective of the fate of Aakash Tablet, right at the moment DataWind is making big bucks with UbiSlat. Its pre-bookings are closed upto July.

2 Responses to “Who owns the Patent Rights of Aakash Tablets? DataWind or Government of India?”

  1. Zohar says:

    this is a twisted tale of events….if you would have followed news, you will know that HCL opted out of the project because it was unable to develop a device at a price below $50. datawind won the tender because it quoted the lowest price. why do you tink they were able to quote such a low price which no other company could? this was bacause they have around 18 patented technologies that enable them to develop the device at such a low cost. IIT-R was to be a support partner, but it was of little use. had IIT-R developed the device, do you think the govt would need a foreign company to market it? the govt needs datawind because aakash is built on the their technology

  2. Rohit says:

    wasnt it obvious that datawind owns the rights to the technology??////if we had the technology, why would we need the help of a foreign company?/