India: Draft guidelines for examination of traditional knowledge patent applications released for public comment

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The Indian Patent Office has released draft "Guidelines for processing of patent applications relating to traditional knowledge and biological material". According to a public notice released on 8 November 2012, the aim of the guidelines is to unify the practice for processing applications relating to this subject matter among examiners and controllers of the office.

The public may submit comments and suggestions until 22 November 2012. Further information and a draft version of the guidelines can be found on the Indian Patent Office's website.

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