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India foils Swiss MNC’s bio-piracy bid

03 March 2012

NEW DELHI: India has successfully foiled a bio-piracy bid by a Swiss multi-national firm to patent an age-old Indian home remedy – milk as a laxative.

Nestec SA had filed a patent application at the European Patent Office (EPO) on May 12, 2009, claiming the usefulness of cow milk for the treatment of constipation and as a laxative to be its unique finding.

However, cow milk is being used alone or in combination with other ingredients for treating constipation and as a laxative in traditional Indian medicine systems for hundreds of years.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Union health ministry’s department of Ayush sent the EPO references of the remedy from several ancient Indian texts dated between 5th century and 20th century.

This led to the applicant withdrawing its claim and patent application on January 24……….

Read  more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/India-foils-Swiss-MNCs-bio-piracy-bid/articleshow/12118637.cms


Written by csirindia

March 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

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