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Indian IP Laws to Protect Traditional Culture and Folklore

This post was first published on 8th November, 2014. Most places in the world, where traditional knowledge and folklore exist, face the challenge of multiculturalism and cultural diversity because they have both indigenous and immigrant communities. A balance has to be struck between the protection and preservation of cultural experience and traditional. Efficient cultural policies are required to meet the above challenges and free exchange of cultural experiences is required to make policies for effective protection of the same. A further…

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Patently Asia – A Drug War!

This post was first published on 25th November, 2014. Japanese Patent about a pain-killing drug extracted from 'Kratom' (Mitragyna Speciosa), a well-known Southeast Asian medicinal plant, is creating contradictions. Patent documents and other publications reviewed, are silent on the origin of Kratom utilized by Chiba and Josai. Patents have been issued in Japan and the US, and patent applications may be pending elsewhere.   How the Plant became a Painkiller drug? In the early 2000s, Japanese researchers began analyzing compounds extracted from Kratom as part of a program to assess medicinal…

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Informed Prior Art Analysis for Traditional Knowledge Based Inventions

This post was first published on November 26th, 2012. Prior art forms the core of novelty and inventive step analysis and also plays an important role in the assessment of other requirements. For negating novelty, the basic principle is: all elements of an invention must be present in a single prior art, expressly or inherently, supplemented by knowledge of a skilled artisan. For making an invention obvious, a combination of prior art elements that form part of the invention must be…

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Traditional Knowledge: Use or Misuse?

First Publication Date: 28th October 2010.   Misuse of traditional knowledge and measures to prevent the same have been attracting attention since the turmeric patent controversy. After successfully revoking turmeric patent claims that formed part of traditional knowledge, the Indian government has taken numerous initiatives ranging from legislative and policy changes to documentation and creation of a library of information (TKDL). With the press and media joining the effort, the awareness with respect to rights of traditional knowledge holders , actions…

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Intellectual Property and Yoga Massage

  "Working with the body is an art more than a skill," Mr. Raghavendra tells his students of 'Yoga Massage' in his very first class. It is in fact fascinating to watch him express, original body work with elements of creativity that surpass intellectual property standards and take a substantial lead. While many body work sequences are based on traditional practices, several practitioners and therapists have over the years developed novel and creative sequences for various reasons ranging from recipient requirement…

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Fundamentals of Intellectual Property – Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at UPES School of Law

The following presentation titled "Fundamentals of Intellectual Property" is part of the Patent Law and Practice Program being taught by the BananaIP Team to the B.tech-LLB Students of  UPES School of Law, Dehradun. The presentation covers the following topics: Introduction to Intellectual Property Species of IP Patents Copyrights Brand Value Trademarks Industrial Designs Trade Secrets Geographical Indications Traditional Knowledge Dr. Kalyan’s Latest IP thriller - The Dravidian You may access the…

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Salient Features of the National IPR Policy – Part 2

In this part of the post we will list down some of the important salient features of the National IPR Policy. To read the first part of this post click here. The National IPR Policy has 7 objectives and each of the objectives has been laid out quite well along with the steps that need to be taken to achieve them. These objectives and some of the important steps involved in achieving these objectives are provided…

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The Business of Intellectual Property – A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at the Woxsen School of Business

The following presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Managing Partner BananaIP Counsels, at the Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad. The presentation is titled “The Business of Intellectual Property” and covers the following topics: Species of IP Patents Entertainment Patents Copyrights Brand value Trademarks Industrial Designs Trade Secrets Geographical Indications Traditional Knowledge About Dr. Kalyan Kankanala Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala manages the largest new age Intellectual Property Firm,…

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India Claims Patents

  Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) armed with the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) appears to be on a rampage like an unstoppable juggernaut, successfully foiling bid after bid, made by companies seeking to patent traditional knowledge. Few weeks ago, the media was abuzz with news that CSIR had successfully foiled a bid by Colgate-Palmolive to patent a Mouthwash formula containing “nutmeg”. This successful thwarting of the patent was soon followed by another victory when India foiled UK's Bid…

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