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Digital library to the rescue of traditional patents

08 August 2011

MANGALORE: India’s resilience in standing up to attempts by powers that be, to seek patents for turmeric, basmati rice, wheat and all-time favourite snack — the idli — has paid off big time, at least for now. Success achieved by the country here has staved off further attempts on its traditional knowledge and this is partially due to efforts by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in initiating Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) project.

TKDL is an Indian digital knowledge repository of traditional knowledge, especially medicinal plants and formulations used in Indian systems of medicine. Indian traditional knowledge dates back a good 10,000-12,000 years and is slowly going away due to non-documentation, said V Prakash, former director of Mysore-based Central Food…

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Digital-library-to-the-rescue-of-traditional-patents/articleshow/9527886.cms

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Written by csirindia

August 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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