Traditional knowledge and geographical indications: Fighting back
Prietika Siingh and Dheeraj Seth of Inttl Advocare present an overview of the progress that has been made in protecting traditional knowledge and geographical indications in India
The concept of traditional knowledge (TK) and geographical
indications (GI) has been discussed at length at various
national and international platforms and has, over a period of
time, gained tremendous sensitivity. It is pertinent to focus
on the evolution and the developing need to secure protection
for rightful owners and users of TK and GI and steps taken by
Indian Government here.
TK, or indigenous knowledge, is a long-standing tradition or
culture of a particular region, community or class of people.
They inherit this knowledge, innovation and teaching from their
ancestors and pass it on from generation to generation, and
often rely on it for their survival and identity. In developing
and under-developed countries, the TK base in preparing
medicines provides the only affordable means of treatment for
underprivileged sections of society. TK of the healing
properties of plant extracts has also been an important part of
evolution in the...
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