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Tackling software patents innovatively

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| The contentious issue of software patents is rearing its head again, both in
| India and globally. The Indian Patent Office, for instance, invited companies
| and institutions to comment on its Draft Manual 2008 — Patent Practice &
| Procedure (software patents included) this April.
|
| [...]
|
| "We find that the draft manual seeks to introduce software patents, and we
| believe this is not in consonance with the current legal situation which
| states that "a mathematical or business method and or a computer program per
| se or algorithms are not patentable"," notes Red Hat (India).
|
| [...]
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| The patent system is also perceived as a hindrance to open source. Open
| source firms like Red Hat too acquire patents. However, they argue that it's
| for "the sole purpose of asserting defensively in the event of a future
| lawsuit".
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http://www.business-standard.com/com...Left=0&chkFlg=


Recent:

The ghost of software patents is back!

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| Life is never easy for an open source evangelist. The OOXML drama came to a
| close on 2nd April 2008 and we were on to our next issue -- software patents.
| The Draft Patent Manual might end up bringing software patents through the
| back door. this would be surprising because the Indian parliament explicitly
| rejected software patents in the Patent Amendment Act 2005. In this blog, I
| am including extracts from a letter that I sent to the Patent Office on 11th
| April 2008. The deadline for comments was 15th April 2008.
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http://osindia.blogspot.com/2008/05/...s-is-back.html


Open Parliament

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| In private a government delegate compared
| Microsoft's public affairs methods with the scientology cult.
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-54634/open-parliament
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