Centre for Internet & Society

This meeting will feature the following speakers: Nagarjuna G. (Free Software Foundation of India), Prabir Purkayastha (Delhi Science Forum), Prashant Iyengar (Alternative Law Forum), Venkatesh Hariharan (Red Hat) and Sudhir Krishnaswamy (National Law School)




Presentation on the principles of patent law and software patents

Sudhir Krishnaswamy

(National Law School)

Prabir Purkayastha

(Delhi Science Forum)

Nagarjuna G.

(Free Software Foundation of India)


Discussion on software patents in the Indian context: Indian Patent Act, and the draft patent manual

Prashant Iyengar

(Alternative Law Forum)

Venkatesh Hariharan

(Red Hat)


Tea break


Discussion on patents and the development sector (freedom of speech, open standards, healthcare, biotech, agro-sector, etc.)

Sunil Abraham

(Centre for Internet and Society)

Anivar Aravind




Presentation on the software patents that have been granted so far in India

Pranesh Prakash

(Centre for Internet and Society)


Lunch break


Open House

Joseph Mathew

(IT Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala)

T. Ramakrishna

(National Law School)

Abhas Abhinav

(DeepRoot Linux)

Sreekanth S. Rameshaiah

(Mahiti Infotech)

Vinay Sreenivasa

(IT for Change)

Any others who wish to speak




  1. Representation by Free Software Foundation of India
  2. Representation by Knowledge Commons
  3. Response by Knowledge Commons
  4. Response by Alternative Law Forum
  5. Backgrounder by Alternative Law Forum
  6. Response by JT D'Souza


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