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Patenting Laws – Ayurveda Research

VARANASI: The rules and regulations of patenting of traditional knowledge and biological material are affecting the research activities in the field of Ayurvedic medicines.
The faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, is witnessing shortage of research scholars who are enthusiastic to conduct research activities because of the patent norms and regulations.
The Indian Patent Law allows patenting only when the innovation meets the standards of novelty, new invention and industrial applicability. It restricts the patenting of innovation in traditional knowledge, including Ayurveda and other traditional medicines.
HoD Ayurveda PB Jha said that the young researchers are not enthusiastic enough. They have lost interest in research and rather focus on academics for a career in teaching. The reason for this is that the government does not give patent to Ayurvedic formulations, stating it under traditional knowledge. In addition to this, the stringent patent laws on traditional knowledge is causing a lack of interest among the students of core sciences to get a research project on Ayurvedic drugs for they know that they will not get patent on the innovation.

According to Anand Chaudhary of the department of rasa shastra, BHU, two months ago, the patent office had circulated the draft guidelines for patenting. The scientists and researchers in herbal sector at BHU are objecting the draft guidelines for patenting traditional knowledge and biological material issued by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks for which comments are solicited before March 15.
Jha said that in other countries, they do not consider Ayurvedic drugs as medicines until and unless a molecule from the drug is extracted and its action is studied and proved. “Our approach is holistic. Once a molecule is extracted from turmeric, neem or any other Ayurvedic product, it is no longer a subject of Ayurveda, but becomes a topic of other subjects. The major problem is here. Any new research in the field of Ayurveda is not considered a new research as it is considered as traditional knowledge,” he said.

The enthusiasm in the researchers had come to an end. In fact researchers from department of pharmachology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU), faculty of Ayurveda (IMS) and other departments have also been denied the patent for their new researches in the field of Ayurveda.
“In India, one can get patent on the shape and design of the container of the chawanprash, but any innovation in the chawanprash formulation and its preparation is not considered for patent. There are companies, which are applying for patent for design of spoons, containers, bottles and even packaging of the Ayurvedic drugs. If innovations, which meet the inventive criteria are not given protection under patent law, there will be further reduction in researches. Such inventive steps are already happening in various laboratories and universities, but are going in vain. We are hoping for the amendments in the Patent Act of India to improve researches in this field. The demand is not for patenting of what is already known but for the invention in the field with the help of science and technology,” said Chaudhary.

A variety of medicinal plant products developed using modern plant breeding techniques cannot be patented as per the Indian Patent law, but the process of developing such varieties can be protected through patents. Similar protection of extraction of active ingredients, product developments by using medicinal plants of Ayurveda and use of these with new purposes are patentable if they meet the standards of novelty, new invention and industrial applicability, he informed.

BHU faculty members have raised this issue in the congregation of academicians and experts held in different cities in June 2012 and February 2011. The matter was also discussed with the secretary, department of Ayush, Union ministry of health and family welfare.
Chaudhary said that earlier there were a number of injudicious patents. Researches in foreign countries used to get patent for the fact that turmeric heals wounds, medicinal uses of herbs and plants. On the other hand, these knowledge were known to India for thousands of years. India objected this trend and since there were no digitalised records of these knowledge, a traditional knowledge digital library (TKDL) was launched, which is a collaborative project between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), ministry of science and technology and department of AYUSH. It involves documentation of literature related to Ayurveda and other traditional medicines. So far, it includes about 2.12 lakh medicinal formulations. Although TKDL is protecting us at the international level but a clause is necessary to boost research activities in Ayurveda.

What is Indian Patent Law
It says that an invention to be made patentable should involve an inventive step capable of industrial application. It should involve technical advances as compared to existing knowledge. [source] provided by DrAnand Chaudhary

Patent and Ayurveda in Times of India 01 March 2013 Varanasi edition

shrimps & Vit C

Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative:

  • A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.
  • After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.
  • Where did the arsenic come from?

dead lady

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.

  • The professor carefully looked at the contents. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved. The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’

Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death?

  • The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C’ everyday, which in itself is not a problem.The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C’, that is where the problem was!
  • Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body.
However, in taking ‘vitamin C’, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.
Arsenic poisoning has magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will show signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes. Thus as a precautionary measure,
DO NOT eat shrimp/prawn when taking ‘vitamin C’.
After reading this; please do not be stingy.
Its our duty to take care of our friends
Re-share to your friends… [source]

Role of Ayurveda in prevention and management of Lifestyle disorders

  • Dates: 7th to 9th October 2012
  • Venue: orange city Nagpur

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  • Last date for submission of abstract -25thAug. 2012
  • Last date for submission of full paper -1Oth Sept. 2012
  • Abstract & Full Paper – ln MS Word, Font – English Times New Roman, Hindi – Kruti Dev 50 – 12 points font size,1.0 Line Space. Title in bold 14 points font size.
  • Abstract not more than 200 words on 44 paper.Language – English / Hindi. Paper should be original and unpublished notexceeding 4 pages ofA4 paper.

Please refer http://www.shriayurvednagpur.org for regular updates. All the delegates are requested to register by sending duly filled registration form (Xerox allowed) along with D.D. Drawn in favour of SAM Semi nar 2012 P ay able at Nagpur at following address, Organising Secretary, National Seminar 2012, Shri Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Hanuman Nagar, Nagpur – 09 (Maharashtra)


I-SERVE & SGSA Dattapeetham jointly organize
Two day National Conference on
In the divine presence of
His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji
His Holiness Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji
22nd & 23rd August, 2012
On the occasion of the 9th Chaturmasya of
His Holiness Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji
Vishwa Prarthana Mandiram (Universal Prayer Hall)
Avadhoota Datta Peetham, SGS Ashrama, Ooty Road
Mysore – 25. Ph: +91-821-2486486

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Request to oppose the new gazette notification

Respected Dignitaries/Leaders of Ayurveda,

We came to know that you have been invited for the interactive workshop to be held at the Dept. of AYUSH, getting an opportunity to express your opinions on the new gazette notification of CCIM on the minimum standard requirements for Ayurveda colleges and attached hospitals. As you have already gone through the new gazette notification, we do not need to explain how it could become the biggest blow Ayurveda education has ever faced. The reduction in the number of teachers required, option as reader or professor in all subjects except Kaya chikitsa, superannuation of maximum age limit of teachers to 70 years, min. only 40% bed occupancy required and visitation by CCIM once in five years are major points of the new gazette which will worsen the Ayurveda education if the notification come into execution.

We are happy that you have been asked to opine on this and we are sure that being sincere well-wisher of Ayurveda you will definitely try your best for withdrawal this draft notification by expressing your strong views against it and in favour of Ayurveda education. We are sure that you will represent Ayurveda fraternity in the workshop more effectively, being true to your consciousness for the cause of Ayurveda, irrespective of any pressure from any corner.

At this junction, we would like bring your kind notice on the statements
made by Madras High Court expressing concern about the fading away of the indigenous systems of medicine from public domain due to a systematic campaign conducted during the colonial rule in order to promote allopathic treatment. Justice V. Ramasubramanian in March 2012 traced various historical instances which according to him, if ignored, “would put the indigenous systems of medicine in the Intensive Care Unit and that too in an allopathic hospital.”

Quoting this statement, The Hindu made national news on March 20, 2012 titled, “High Court bats for Indigenous Medicine”. (For full length of the news, please follow the link-
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/article3016295.ece). In a concluding statement it stated “At present, most of the larger institutions promoting indigenous systems of medicine are controlled and financed by the State Governments, and little interest shown at the central level.”

Ayurveda has been suffering from poor care by the government policies. No national health programmes have included Ayurveda so far. On the other hand, now it is the time where policies made for Ayurveda itself are throwing it down. We are fortunate that you have a potential role in
preventing this from execution without amendment of the above specified lacunae and we request you all to strongly put forward your views in the interest of Ayurveda education and Ayurveda fraternity in the workshop on 7th.

We are sure you will utilize this best opportunity, raise your voice for
the science you belong to and ensure us that Ayurveda is lead by the right hands.
Advance greetings for the Independence Day.
Yours Sincerely,
*PG and PhD Scholars ,
Institute for Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda,
Gujarat Ayurved University,
Jamnagar, Gujarat.

International seminar on cancer

International Congresson Ayurvedic Concepts and Treatment ofMalignant Disorders on -15th and 16th of December 2012

2nd circular released – download 16 page details

Event highlighting the following Topics:

  • Delineation of Arbuda and its clinical appreciation.
  • Case study of different forms of Arbuda.
  • Phytochemicals in the treatment of Arbuda / Malignancy
  • Clinical Research pertaining to preventive, conservative, radicaland palliative approach to Arbuda.
  • Perspective of holistic approach in the management of Arbuda.
  • Effective dietetics in management of different Arbuda.
  • Panchakarma treatment in diverse cases of Arbuda.
  • Role of Rasayana in the treatment of Arbuda.


  • Details about registration, submission of abstracts of research papers,
  • seminar events will be informed in the 2nd circular that follows. All aspects of the registration fee, accommodation and other related matters will also bemade clear well in advance.
  • For more details log on to : http//www.sdmayurvedacollegeudupi.in
  • Email : sdmseminar2012@gmail.com

All your communications may be directed to :

  • Prof. G. Shrinivasa Acharya
  • Organizing Secretary
  • SDM College of Ayurveda,
  • Kuthpady, Udupi -574 118,
  • Karnataka State, INDIA
  • Ph: +91 820 2520332
  • Mobile : 91 9448353813


These are the new regulations given by the eminent to save the Indian Heritage and Ayurveda for Long time. But it looks as if they think what is  not able to be done by the many in the past is done by the few in future. Probably all is the fault of Ayurvedist to ruin the system and running behind the Allopathy for the livelihood.  May God Save Ayurveda!