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Title: The Basmati Patent — A Blessing in Disquise?
Authors: Krishnaswamy, Mohana
Issue Date: Nov-1998
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: There are three possibilities on which patent can be obtained for natural products based on: a newly-developed genetic variation in raw material, or on creating or modifying the process of manufacturing, or on establishing an indisputable ancient knowledge belonging to a group of people. The challenge for India is also three-fold. One is a challenge to the Indian scientists; another a challenge to Indian media-men and image builders; and the third, a challenge to the Indian legislators and the government. All three are required to protect the rights of Indian varieties of crops, medicinal plants as well as drug formulations. Sometimes we realize the greatness of our potential only when an outsider tries to exploit it. It is in this sense, an attempt is made in this paper to prove that the basmati patent is a blessing in disquise.
Page(s): 347-351
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.03(6) [November 1998]

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