Turmeric and Other Battles: Successfully challenging US Patents
CSIR has been a pioneer and pace setter in IP Management in the country. It was CSIR that initiated the action in 1995, with the US PTO for the re-examination and revocation of the patent granted on turmeric as a wound healing agent.
This involved meticulous and strenuous efforts in exploration, compilation and evaluation of voluminous scientific data, patents and legal options – to pose a formidable challenge to the US patent. The result was the successful revocation of the US Patent in 1998.
In 1999, CSIR also won Basmati patent battle.
This demonstrated CSIR's capabilities to understand the complex techno-legal-issues of IPR both defensively and aggressively and reassure the Indian public and policy makers of India's capacity and capability to meet the challenges of globalization and WTO.
Thereafter, CSIR has globally pioneered the concept of ‘Traditional Knowledge' which has been accorded due recognition and privileged position in the IPR domain. Traditional Knowledge properly documented and codified will now be used for 'prior - art - search' - in granting of IPR.
CSIR's pre-eminent position not only as a generator and manager of IPR but also on the conceptual and policy frame in India & internationally is evident from the plethora of achievements and activities being handled by IPU.