n Without Prejudice - India leads the fight against 'bio-piracy' : intellectual property

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Under normal patenting procedures, a patent application should be rejected in cases in which information regarding the invention has been disclosed publicly. Therefore, in an effort to protect and avert groundless patenting leading to commercial exploitation of traditional medicines inherent to India, the Indian government recently permitted access to its Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TDKL), a unique database that houses ancient texts and methods, to examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO). This initiative came into play after the startling discovery by scientists in Delhi of the extent of "bio-prospecting" of natural remedies by foreign countries.

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