Monday, October 18, 2010

India seeks to protect bio-diversity at Nagoya meet from ....part 2

Mr Ramesh said India had set up the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which is documenting all traditional sources of Indian medicine systems that were wrongly being patented internationally. 

In 2000, the TKDL expert group estimated that about 2,000 such patents had been wrongly given internationally, as Indian traditional medicine systems were documented in languages other than English like Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu and Tamil. Over 10 years, more than 2 lakh formulations of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Yoga have been documented under the TKDL.

“TKDL is an effort to protect our traditional knowledge, mainly traditional medicine and yoga postures from misappropriation through patents granted abroad as had happened with the use of neem and haldi (turmeric),” the minister said.
 by Punem sexsena
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