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For those not familiar with the term Bio-Piracy - it is populary used to describe theft of therapies,medicines & medical inventions of a region/country by anothher country's companies & then getting them patented & claimign them to be tehir own discovery/finding.
Yesssss,recently I read about India being teh worst hit by Bio-Piracy.Many medical practices/systems liek ayurveda,Unani & Sidha which originated in India about 1000s of years ago are being passed off by other nations as their discoveries and correspondingly are patented. A few egs of teh same -
India has mainly suffered because infon exists in huge books maily in sanskrit, which have never or hardly been read,translated or even published in any other language.Hence public has no clue about their existance.Ther are nearly 150000 recorded ayurvedic,unani,siddha medicines some 1500 asanas in yoga all origanting in India.
Now a project worth $2 million has been rolled out by Traditional Knowledge Digital Library which will bring out an encyclopedia of India's traditional medicines 7 hence stopping their piracy.
Enough of the boring facts.
Lets get to the real thing !
The debate lying here in :
Whose fault is it?or rather who is to balme fpor bio-piracy?
Indian's or the unaware patenting firms?
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Hun, nothing personal but I see lots of statements in your debate kick off that I find confusing,
Your last statement Is India to blame or patenting firms?
First, patenting firms- Who are these firms you are referring to, Corporations in the US or worldwide or lawfirms that draft the applications?
Secondly, India, are you referring to the whole country? Who would own the knowledge that we have, the goverment, people, universities in India. For those authors are long gone.
Any published document is a method to share information. Once published everyone has a right to read it and/or apply it. Everyone has a right to knowledge, no one country or person can own it.
US as a country really does not own any patents, unless it is through the public universities that the Federal or State govt fund. Corporations own patents which give them a right to apply for the patents and make products for a certain period.
Now if Indian companies start to do this then they must, it costs about 10000 USD for the process of one patent application. I dont see the big Indian companies do this, lots of chieftains of these are on the worlds rich list. Take some money out of their pockets and serve their shareholders by innovating.
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