[Linux-aus] Software Patents Forum

Pia Smith pia at linux.org.au
Wed Oct 20 10:16:01 UTC 2004

Hi all, please see below for an excellent forum Linux Australia are running.


Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
A Centre for the Public Interest in Network Transactions

Open Source Forum

Software Patents

Linux Australia in collaboration with the Open Source Industry
Association (OSIA) and the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy
Centre at UNSW is proud to present the first Open Source Forum, which
will deal with the increasingly important, but often misunderstood,
issue of software patents.

The Open Source Forums will be short and focused seminars on topical
developments in the Open Source field.  It is intended that each
seminar will include presentations from invited speakers who will
represent a range of views.  The forums will also provide an
opportunity for all Open Source participants to express their views.
The Forums are intended to provide Open Source participants, including
small businesses, with an opportunity to get the benefit of a range of
views from leaders in the relevant fields and to contribute to the
debate on topical developments of relevance to the Open Source

The Forum on Software Patents will be hosted by Baker & McKenzie's
Sydney office on:

	Wednesday, 3 November 2004, 12:30pm

	Baker & McKenzie
	Level 27, AMP Centre
	50 Bridge Street
	Sydney NSW 2000. 

The program for the Forum will be: 

12:30: 	Introduction and Welcome
 	Pia Smith, Linux Australia

12:35: 	Patents and Open Source Licences
 	Derek Neve and John MacPhail, Baker & McKenzie

12:50: 	How The Australian Patent System Works
 	Bob Kemp, R. E. Kemp & Co Pty Limited 

13:00: 	An Industry Perspective:
 	Les Bell, Open Source Industry Association

13:10: 	An Industry Perspective:
 	Craig Laughton or Greg Keiser, Novell Australia

13:20:	An Open Source Patent Experience: Rproxy
	Rusty Russell, Linux Australia

13:30: 	Roundtable discussions

14:30: 	Close

Attendance is free and a light lunch will be provided. We look forward
to your participation.

If you wish to attend, please reply to "rsvp at bakercyberlawcentre.org"
with Subject: "[RSVP] Software forum: patents".

For further details see http://www.bakercyberlawcentre.org/software/patents.htm

We are aiming to run these every 2 months and are open to suggestions
for topics.  Please send any suggestions to pia at linux.org.au

Pia Smith
President of Linux Australia

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