India – Protecting Traditional Knowledge

In March 2009, India completed the compilation of its Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), the pioneering digitised database of traditional knowledge handed down over generations. Being rich in traditional therapies of medicine and the knowledge of health remedies, India has been struggling to protect them from being patented by other countries. The lessons from neem […]

ASEAN Launches Patent Cooperation Programme

Countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have embarked on their first regional cooperation in Intellectual property, specifically in patents, by introducing ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC). There are eight participating IP offices from: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Once a search and examination report is issued by any […]