The Manual has provisions for bringing in Software Patents in cases what it claims to be “Software combined with Hardware”. We expressed our concerns on it and the ambiguity over the term used.
Due to the concerns that had already been raised at similar Stake Holder’s meet held at New Delhi, the IP body has decided to conduct a separate meeting pertaining to issues related to Software Patents alone.
Hoping to make it there and express the concerns more in detail together. The draft of patent manual can be had from here.