by Mike Masnick
Tue, Feb 24th 2009 3:38pm
Developing nations such as India and Brazil have been seriously hurt by patent regimes that have often allowed big multinational conglomerates to take traditional medicines, patent them, sell the drugs back to the country at greatly inflated prices... and then try to stop all traditional local use as "infringing." It looks like India is working hard to put a stop to such practices. Against Monopoly points us to the news that the Indian government has been putting together a database of traditional Indian medicine and actively sharing it around the world in the hopes that it can serve as prior art against such patents in the future. This has even gone so far as to have a bunch of yoga experts to try to stop the rather insane trend of applying intellectual property (including patents, copyright and trademark) to traditional yoga.
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