Prevention of bio-piracy in India; the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL)

Back in February last year we blogged an item about Indian TK being made available to the EPO to help prevent bio-piracy. “Sharing database on Indian traditional knowledge extends greater protection from misappropriation

It is now great to be able to blog news items that show this initiative has had some success!  The Item from Yahoo News, India “EPO rejects 15 patent applications for bio-piracy” says:

European Patent Office (EPO) has rejected 15 patent applications of various international companies during the past one year after it found they had used India’s traditional medicinal knowledge to prepare certain products. The action was taken after the government entered into an access agreement with EPO in February last year to share India’s traditional medicinal knowledge and prevent the practice of foreign companies taking patent on Indian systems of medicine.

Another specific example of the utility of the database can be seen on Asian Times Online “India scores bio-piracy victory” regarding the “pudina patent” from 2007 in connection with treatment of avian flu.  See also item on the Times of India, “India foils Chinese bid to patent pudina

(thanks to B. Hanumanth Rao for sending me the Yahoo! News, India link)

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For further information see:

Free download of paper “Defensive Publishing: A Strategy for Maintaining Intellectual Property as Public Goods – Briefing Paper

Prior art project in the CGIAR.  Facilitated by CAS-IP, lead centre ICRISAT

TKDL introduction & milestones

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2 responses to “Prevention of bio-piracy in India; the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL)

  1. Thanks Kalpana Sastry from NAARM for sending me the following comment and link:

    “India has recently foiled another major bio piracy bid. A Danish company, Claras ApS, on September 19th 2007 filed a patent application at the European Patent Office, saying its invention of turmeric, cumin, ginger and onion as slimming agents was novel. The fat burning properties of these are found as prior art in the TKDL database of India. This is yet another instance where the rich collection in the database has proved to be of great use as a source of NPL.”

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-foils-Danish-firms-bio-piracy-bid/articleshow/6115953.cms

  2. The article is very informative. I would like to share some interesting information on Diwali. I blogged on The Bright and The Beautiful – Diwali Patents. An abstract “invention is about the customized light module which includes housing, a light source, a decorative cap and a battery. The housing which includes the light source, decorative cap and a battery is kept inside an aperture (opening which let light in) of footwear, and the decorative cap is configured to illuminate when the light source illuminates.”
    To read more please visit
    http://www.sinapseblog.com/2010/11/bright-and-beautiful-diwali-patents.html
    Thanks for sharing this post.

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