ExpressBuzz: Free Software Centre gets a powerful ally
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Date: 12 Dec 2008 12:52
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A Lawyer and a Free Social Activist, Mishi was in the city to deliver a lecture on software patents at the second International Conference on Freedom in Computing, Development and Culture that concluded here on Thursday. According to Mishi, India should stick to the Indian Patent Act, 1970, and should not allow patents on inventions related to software under the new Draft Manual published recently.To put things in perspective, in December 2004, the Union Government had brought an ordinance to make invention related to computer software used in hardware and having industrial applications under the definition of patentable invention, by amending the Indian Patent Act, 1970. But it was not enacted because of intense opposition raised by the Left parties and the Free Software Foundation. The ordinance was rejected in March, 2005.
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