Open Source Forum Software Patents

Linux Australia, in collaboration with the Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) and the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre (a research and policy centre based at UNSW Law Faculty and sponsored by Baker & McKenzie), is proud to present the first Open Source Forum, which will deal with the increasingly important but often misunderstood issues around software patents.

The Open Source Forums will be a series of short focused seminars on topical developments in the Open Source field. Each seminar will feature presentations from invited speakers who will represent a range of views. They 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 benefit from 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 movement.

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


Wednesday, 3 November 2004


12:30 pm to 2:30 pm


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


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 discussion

14:30: Close

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


This event is now fully subscribed, and no more RSVPs can be accepted.


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


See also