nearly 200 patent applications filed in the last five
years, the $4.3-billion Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),
Asia''s largest IT company, has chalked out an ambitious
programme to strengthen its portfolio of intellectual
property (IP) in development and design, business systems
and cybernetics, embedded systems, performance engineering,
broadband and broadcasting.
areas in which TCS is focussing its efforts currently
include adding virtual ads in videos; calculating vehicle
insurance premium; encrypting video sequences; and solutions
for wireless communication systems.
the 25 patent applications the company filed in 2006-07,
it has already been granted three.
Innovation Lab at Delhi, one of the 19 that the company
maintains globally, has been working on developing an
enterprise software programme, not unlike GoogleApps,
called TCSInstantApps, which enables a hosted application
to service multiple requirements.
technology will enable TCS to prepare situational applications
for its customers with a very low turnaround in terms
of time for their business process innovation for both
small and medium businesses as well as large ones.
the areas currently under TCS'' research scanner at the
TCS Labs is the field of nano-technology from several
dimensions like its impact on biotech, electronics and
embedded systems. In association with IIT Powai, it
s involved on work on an artificial retina using extremely
low-power sub-45 nm electronic devices, and also on
using DNA-based structures for interconnects in VLSI
area that the IT giant is keen to develop its IPR strengths
is "cognitive radios", a potentially disruptive
technology currently being researched for future wireless
communications. TCS is working on bringing intelligence
to the radios that have an evolutionary path from software-defined
January this year the company launched a ''Co-Innovation
Network'' (COIN) of clients and partners that enables
TCS to work collaboratively with its customers and alliance
partners, industry bodies, academic institutions, venture
capitalists and Silicon Valley start-ups.