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June 9, 2010

Disturbing the Calm

The BBC is reporting that the "Indian government is planning to patent nearly a thousand yoga postures." Swami Pragyamurti Saraswati is not pleased: "In fact, I'm distressed at the way things have developed in recent years." Maybe the good Swami needs to take a lesson from Elvis Costello: "I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused."

Posted by Patent Hawk at June 9, 2010 10:27 AM | International

Comments

Promotelol the useful arts!

Posted by: 6000 at June 9, 2010 4:12 PM

"Prior art?! Why; we don't see no prior art!"

Posted by: Steve M at June 10, 2010 5:51 PM

Actually, an Indian IP blog states: 
"[O]ver 900 Yoga Asanas will be included in the digitalised Traditional Knowledge Library (TKDL), set up by the council to collect and record traditional treatment therapy knowledge...and enjoy the status of being patented."
Therefore, this is intended to prevent a "foreign entity" from patenting one of the asanas (yoga postures). A slight difference makes all the difference, when it comes to patent law.

Posted by: Gena777 at June 15, 2010 3:47 PM

Mainstream news reporting is generally garbage. Hence my intro: "The BBC is reporting..."

Posted by: Patent Hawk at June 15, 2010 6:32 PM