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China on patents overdrive

07 January 2011

In an extensive campaign significant for the global economy, China is targeting an astounding 2 million domestic patent applications annually by 2015, and wants to be one of the top two patent owning countries by 2020.

The patents hunting master plan, titled “National Patent Development Strategy (2011 – 2020)” follows the “Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy”, which the Chinese government released in 2008.

……Neighboring India, for example, has an unpleasant reason or two to watch closely the Chinese patent drive. In 2010, India foiled a bio-piracy attempt by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Livzon. Livzon was trying to patent “pudina”, or the commonly available mint plant, and “kalamegha” (andrographis), as treatment for bird flu or H5N1 avian influenza.

India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research stepped in to prove that “pudina” and “kalamegha” have been widely used in India for millennia for treating influenza, epidemic fevers and other ailments. The European Patent Office cancelled its patent to Livzon last June 10. ……

Read more: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/MA07Cb01.html

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Written by csirindia

January 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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