India calls for binding treaty on traditional knowledge
The Hindu Business Line, 8 April 2013

NEW DELHI, INDIA: India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma addressed a high-level policy dialogue in Geneva and referred, among others, to the ongoing negotiations under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Highlighting India’s initiative of creating a unique digital library of traditional knowledge which has over 250,000 entries specifying the source and the efficacy of each product, Sharma expressed concern about extensive biopiracy through patents being awarded for traditional knowledge. “India has been at the forefront for bringing this agenda on the negotiating table and for the last one decade, we have been trying to build a consensus for a binding treaty on traditional knowledge. I hope that WIPO shall be able to bring these negotiations to culmination,” he said.

The next session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee negotiating an instrument/instruments on the protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions will be held from 22-26 April 2013. Read the article …