India to protest grant of yoga patents by USHmmm... greed! Imagine if those gymnasts who created new routines had patented them.
30 May 2007
NEW DELHI: The Indian government has decided to lodge its protest against yoga-related patents issued by the US Patents & Trademarks Office.
While the health ministry has decided to take up the issue directly with USPTO, the commerce department is writing to the US Trade Representative against what it sees as a violation of rights over traditional knowledge.
If the move fails to impress USPTO, government is prepared for a legal battle to get the patents and trademarks vacated.
Officials said government was of the opinion that USPTO has been careless in granting patents and trademarks in matters related to traditional knowledge.
While details of a counter-offensive by government are still being worked out, sources indicated that a protest was the first line of attack. There is a digital traditional-knowledge library, which has enough reference material, and a proper search should be done before USPTO grants a patent, India is telling the US authorities.
US-based Bikram Choudhury has applied for a patent of yoga practised in a steam-room. USPTO is learnt to have issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 124 trademarks on yoga accessories and 2,315 yoga trademarks so far.
"It's ridiculous to even think that an asana which has been practised for several years can be patented just because they think it is different. They have not been looking at the digital library," said an official.
I wonder if this yoga pose is patented...
It was my birthday today. I didn't tell anybody at work.
Tonight Devi and Fiona took me to the Dumpling Inn for Peking Duck. It was a great dinner.
My blog may have another break until Monday as I will be going to Melbourne again (yep, football).