India and Japan Sign TKDL Access Agreement
Press Information Bureau (Government of India), 20 April 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: India’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Japan Patent Office signed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Access Agreement, to help prevent misappropriation of India’s traditional knowledge in Japan. Similar agreements have been concluded with the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. The TKDL Access Agreement has in-built safeguards on non-disclosure to protect India’s interest against any possible misuse. Under the agreement, patent examiners can utilize TKDL for examination purposes only and cannot reveal the content to any third party unless it is necessary for citation purpose. Read the release …

Approval for signing of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing
Press Information Bureau (Government of India), 20 April 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the CBD Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing. It is expected that the ABS Protocol, which is a key missing pillar of the CBD, would address the concern of misappropriation or biopiracy of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. Read the release …

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