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Prashant Reddy T. and Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.001.0001

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The Traditional Knowledge Trilogy

The Traditional Knowledge Trilogy

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(p.250) 9 The Traditional Knowledge Trilogy
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Create, Copy, Disrupt
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Prashant Reddy T.

Sumathi Chandrashekaran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.003.0009

This chapter critiques three particular patents cases in the US and EU that were filed in the 1990s by Indian NGOs and the Indian government. The three patents in question were related to neem, turmeric, and basmati. All three cases caused outrage in India because of the perception that the West was ‘stealing’ traditional knowledge from India. This chapter explains the rhetoric and misinformation surrounding all three cases and explores how the media and the government dealt with these issues at a time when awareness about patent law in India was low. These three cases were followed by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL). This chapter explores and critiques the rationale for the TKDL and its efficacy in achieving its stated goals.

Keywords:   neem, turmeric, basmati, Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), traditional knowledge, biopiracy, patent infringement, Ayurveda, CSIR

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