Bangalore: While many people take the slogan “Saying no to software patents” to mean the right to usage of free Internet software, the issue of patenting is rooted in a larger milieu, affecting not only users of software, but also those who develop software and service it.

The protest was held in anticipation of the Consultation on Draft Patent Manual, being prepared by the India Patent Office, to be held in Bangalore on August 27, where the India Patent Office will hold a discussion with key players in the software industry regarding patenting of software.

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