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Title: Traditional Knowledge and Patent Strategy
Authors: Kalluri, Shravan
Keywords: Traditional knowledge
Intellectual property
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: For centuries, practices have been invented and passed on from generation to generation among various communities. Such practices cover areas such as music, dance, science and technology, medicine, etc. As innovations evolved across centuries, the same practice as it stands today is collective knowledge accumulated across generations restricted to certain groups of people and passed on as traditional knowledge. These practices, forming an essential cultural attachment to a community, intend to promote community ownership over such knowledge. Many of these practices have recently picked up a trend of being the basis for novel inventions. While the nature of traditional knowledge is to promote community interests, the nature of patent law is to promote personal monopoly and profit. With the current commercial dynamics that dominate the world, there are many growing instances where traditional knowledge meets patent law. This article intends to find a solution/strategy by way of which, a mean path can be constructed between the world of traditional knowledge and the world of patents.
Page(s): 430-436
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Source:JIPR Vol.17(5) [September 2012]

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