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India fights to protect its traditional home remedies

14 October 2012

NEW DELHI – For centuries, Indian housewives have used homemade remedies based on cow’s milk to cure constipation – but in 2009 Swiss giant Nestle applied for a patent to protect a similar product of its own.

Earlier this year, India successfully fought off Nestle’s attempt at the European Patent Office (EPO) to secure a patent, saying that using cow’s milk as a laxative was mentioned in ancient texts and was therefore not new.

……”Nestle is just one case. We have already succeeded in 110, and 800 more are in the pipeline,” said Vinod Kumar Gupta, the head of India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL)…..

Read more: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Health/Story/A1Story20121014-377495.html

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Written by csirindia

October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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