India’s Memo To the World: Stop Trying to Steal Our Traditions!
I don’t know about you, but if I were 9,000 years old and then discovered a 230-year-old pipsqueak was stealing all of my cultivated traditions and cultures, I would be supremely annoyed. This is exactly how India feels about the United States (along with other innovation snatching nations) adapting their ideas as their own. Not everything was meant to be westernized, and India is putting their ancient foot down with a new database-driven patenting system designed to outwit the copyright infringement running amuck throughout the world.
From medicinal rituals to modern-day yoga, India is attempting to lock away access to cultures and activities practiced throughout the world, yet no-doubt indigenous to the region.
The database will be created in five languages – English, German, French, Spanish and Japenese – to help prevent authorities from wrongfully giving patents of Indian-born ideas to other nationalities.
The database will be offered to further patent offices as long as all information found on it is kept strictly confidential. Right now, India is targeting the U.S. first and foremost, as this is where most legal battles over patents have been centered.
Yoga is, not surprisingly, causing the biggest intellectual bickering match, as the United States has patented countless yoga accessories and trademarks, while all credit should to to yoga’s roots undisputingly found in India.
The innovative database will help confirm the over 7000 patents on the list that can be credited back to indigenous Indian creativity and mind power.