'Cultural aspects forgone for IPR'

Speaking at the round table on ‘Protection of Traditional Knowledge/Traditional Cultural Expression-Evolving a Sui Generis Model for India’, Justice Babu said that the economic and legal aspects of obtaining the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for traditional knowledge often neglected the importance of preserving the cultural aspects of the knowledge.

Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Task Force on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change, Dr Prodipto Ghosh spoke about the limitations of IPR with regard to traditional knowledge.

Bill mooted

The round table discussed the The Traditional Knowledge (Protection and Regulation To Access) Bill 2009, a recommendation for sui generis model for protection of traditional knowledge in India.

Its three main objectives are prevent others from interfering with the right of traditional communities over their traditional knowledge and ensuring that traditional communities derive benefit from commercial exploitation of their knowledg; giving protection to traditional knowledge.

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