FOSS Community India

A campaign to stop the introduction of Software Patents in India. Software patents are rejected by Indian Parliament in 2005 (Patent Amendment bill 2005). But Indian Government is now trying to push it through back door by bringing a Patent manual. Public consultations on this draft manual is going on in various metros in India. Bangalore Consultation is scheduled for the last week of August.

National Public Meeting[]

We, a loose group of civil society organisations interested in the issue of software patents, believe that a public meeting (and not just an invitees only "industry consultation") on the issue of software patents will help gather together viewpoints which will be invaluable to the Patent Office.

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Candle Light Vigil[]

V Sasi Kumar Candle Light Vigil
V Sasi Kumar, board member, FSF India, addressing the gathering

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The Candle light vigil to "Say No To Software Patents" is a occasion to raise civil society voice against this back door trojan to Indian patent system.

Software Patents kills innovation & competition. Patents turn software publishing into the privilege of a few.

Software is a key technology that is important to every company, every public administration, and every household. Therefore, everything that makes the software industry ill has effects on the entire organism, on all aspects of the economy and society.


On 23rd August 2008 at 5.30 pm in front of Town Hall near Corporation Circle, Bangalore. Publicity campaigns will be hosted in various places on 22nd.

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All photos in Flickr


Bengaluru Meetup[]

When: 10am, Saturday 16th August 2008

Where: BMS College of Engineering, Basavanagudi

Agenda: Indian Patents office has called for a meeting of stakeholders in Bengaluru on 27th August (date still to be confirmed). We should submit a written appeal to stop introducing software patents in India. We will prepare this document here.

join online at #bmslug in freenode

Chat log of the meeting is described here

Email your appeal now ![]

Please email your appeal letter to (delhi-patent AT and send a cc to Dr. W. M. Dhumane (wmdhumane AT who is Joint Controller of Patents & Designs and Incharge of Patent Manual

Coordination: FSUG-Bangalore


Add your names below if would like to Stop Software Patents in India

  1. Anivar Aravind anivar at movingrepublic dot org 080 23435606
  2. Praveen A - pravi dot a at gmail dot com - nine nine eight six three four eight five six five
  3. Renuka Prasad B
  4. Ravi Surulikamu
  5. Afthab
  6. Santhosh 12:17, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
  7. Vikram Vincent vincentvikram AT swatantra DOT org 094488 10822
  8. Shyam K mail at swathanthran dot in 11:15 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  9. BaijuMuthukadan 16:13, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  10. Sujith H - sujith dot h at gmail dot com
  11. Narendra Sisodiya - Narendra Sisodiya at gmail dot com
  12. Sreejith K -
  13. Kamal Kr Arvind...
  14. Nikhil
  15. Harsh Kumar
  16. Hardik Panchal
  17. J. T. D'souza
  18. Rahul Ghose -
  19. Devidas K - devidas DOT gectcr AT gmail DOT com




Media Coverage[]


  1. Stop Software Patents
  4. Public patent Foundation
  5. No Software Patents Facebook Cause
  6. Abolish Software Patents Orkut Community
  7. Open Letter to Indian Patent Office