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Title: Access to Patented of Platform technologies in TB and Malaria - Issues and possible solutions in Indian Context
Authors: Visalakshi, S
Santhosh, M R
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Patents are issued to protect inventions and innovations and to serve as incentive for more such activity and as consideration for disseminating the invention/innovation to the wider public. This is expected to lead to larger quantity of the product/service which the patent contains so that the availability would be more and wide spread. It would also encourage competition. Hence the main purpose of issue of patent is encouraging dissemination of knowledge and wider use. If it really happens in the field it is very good. But does it really happen? The situation in the field at times is to exclude than include more people as users of knowledge embedded in a patent. This can happen by broad patents, refusal to license the patent etc. This can lead to monopolies, high prices, slow or no progress on follow-on research, reduced number of new products in the market etc. Ultimately in the case of biomedical research it can lead to reduced access to health care products which are vital. In this area especially after the advent of biotechnology there is a unusual increase in patenting activity by the academia and industry which includes upstream patenting which is the main concern of this study. TB and malaria are diseases of importance to India and developing countries. There is still a high incidence of infections and resistance to drug and insecticides have led to new forms of TB like MDRs and XDRs and in the case of malaria, resurgence of the disease. There are efforts at global and Indian levels to stop TB and drugs/vaccines for Malaria etc. In India, research is on at the basic level to understand infectiveness of the pathogen and immunity of the populations to find clues to discover and design drugs, develop diagnostics, which can detect infections rapidly and come out with vaccines for the above diseases.
Project Number: 104529
Project Title: Accessing Patented Knowledge for Innovation
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Research Results (ITS) / Résultats de recherches (ITS)
Intellectual Property Rights / Droits de propriété intellectuelle
Africa / Afrique
IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
Innovation and Indicators / Innovation et Indicateurs
Science and Technology Policies / Politique en science et technologie
2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019

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