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Traditional knowledge of India protected: Unlucky WESTERN MNCs.

The traditional medicinal knowledge of our country under the aegis of Ayurveda, Sidha and Unani medicine developed and invented by our ancestors centuries back was saved from being taken away by MNCs. These companies had filed patent application before the European Patent Office, which was objected by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The said patent applications filed on two different occasions by two different applicants were lateron abandoned. One of the application was filed by consumer good giant Colgate – Palmolive Ltd, claiming Nutmeg to be the ingredient in the toothpaste. While other application was filed by UK based Pangaea Laboratories Ltd. claiming medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. After the publication of patent application for the above mentioned inventions, the TKDL of CSIR filed objection. Ultimately as no counter was filed by the applicant to the office queries for inventive step and novelty and also the above mentioned objections the application was deemed to be withdrawn.

The IP bloggers are having a debate as to whether the examiner of patents considered the objection filed by the CSIR or the basic queries of examiner for want of inventive step and novelty in deeming the application to be withdrawn. Well that is of less significance as far as the Intellectual property developed by our forefathers is protected.



Sweeping Broom and AAP Logo to be swept away by the original artist ?: 

Since the very inception of the party, through the episode of winning the Delhi elections twice and till date, seems like the black raven with bad luck does not wish to leave the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) alone. The budding political party was caught up under another controversy but this time not pertaining to fake degree certificate or corruption but the ownership of IP. The very identity of the AAP i.e the logo AAP with the broom is being asked to be returned by the original artist who made it. The said logo was designed by one Mr Arun Lal who also happened to be the party member but later left the party as an aftermath of the ideology clashes. The author has sent legal notice to AAP chief Mr. Arvind Kejriwal to stop using the logo designed by him. The author has made a statement that he never transferred the ownership of the said intellectual property i.e. the copyright on the logo of AAP created by him. The party is still using the said logo blatantly everywhere on hoardings, flags, letter pads, brochures etc.

It is yet to be seen, whether the party thinks of changing its logo or curls up its sleeves to fight the litigation on the Copyright of the said logo in the court of justice.