Stopping Improper Patenting Of Traditional Knowledge

Law360, New York (December 10, 2010, 1:44 PM EST) -- Nov. 23, 2009, marked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s watershed announcement that the government of India had granted that agency’s patent examiners access to India’s “Traditional Knowledge Digital Library” (TKDL), a digital repository of traditional Indian knowledge. USPTO 9-30 Press Release. Several years earlier, during a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, the USPTO had professed its support of proposals designed to protect traditional knowledge and folklore and its agreement with the Indian government seemed to show that the USPTO was taking...
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