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India Fights Patents with Huge Prior Art Database

Feb 12, 2009, 19:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"n the computer world, there have been a number of efforts to provide prior art to patent offices, either after a patent is granted, in order to have it rescinded, or -- even better -- as part of the examination process. That's fine for a community with easy access to online source materials, but what about other fields, where prior art exists in other forms like books, or perhaps orally?

"This is a particularly thorny problem for the sphere of traditional medicine. Substances derived from plants, for example, may have been in use for literally thousands of years, and yet patents may still be granted -- especially in Western countries ignorant of other ancient medical traditions."

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