CSIR pre­vents UK com­pany from patent­ing its prod­uct

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

NEW DELHI: The Coun­cil of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search has pre­vented UK-based der­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Pan­gaea Lab­o­ra­to­ries Ltd from claim­ing a patent for an Ayurvedic hair loss treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the min­istry of science and tech­nol­ogy on Sun­day.

The patent on a medic­i­nal com­po­si­tion con­tain­ing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treat­ing hair loss was pro­tected by Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge Dig­i­tal Li­brary (TKDL), a unit of CSIR. TKDL lo­cated the patent ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Pan­gaea Lab­o­ra­to­ries at the Euro­pean Patent of­fice, and reg­is­tered a pre-grant op­po­si­tion along with art ev­i­dence that the treat­ment had been used since long through In­dian sys­tems of medicines like Ayurveda and Unani. Pan­gaea had filed the patent ap­pli­ca­tion at the Euro­pean Patent of­fice in Fe­bru­ary 2011 that was pub­lished on the web­site. In 2014, TKDL filed ev­i­dence ma­te­rial of use of the prod­ucts in tra­di­tional In­dian medicine. Fi­nally, on 29 June, the UK-based com­pany with­drew the ap­pli­ca­tion. Re­cently, TKDL also stepped in to pre­vent Col­gate-Pal­mo­live Co. from patent­ing a mouth­wash for­mula con­tain­ing herb ex­tract used in In­dian tra­di­tional sys­tems of medicine to cure oral dis­eases, at the Euro­pean Patent of­fice. The li­brary gave ref­er­ences from an­cient books stat­ing the herb and its ex­tracts of Myris­tica Fra­grans were his­tor­i­cally used for oral dis­eases in In­dian sys­tems of medicine.

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