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Nobody can patent traditional yoga: Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev has come down heavily on the US patent authority-- Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)-- for granting yoga-related copyrights to American companies.

Shimla, May 16 : Yoga guru Ramdev has come down heavily on the US patent authority-- Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)-- for granting yoga-related copyrights to American companies.

Terming it as a fraud act, Ramdev said his Patanjali yoga ashram would take up this matter vigorously.

"Nobody can patent the traditional Yoga and Pranayam, and if they do, it will get refused and if they take it that would be a fraud. From the point of view of my organization, we will take up this cause vigorously.

We will work towards making sure that the Indian Government takes the patent or gives the patent to our society. I am working for a trust and not for myself," he told reporters here.

Yoga is an ancient school of Hindu philosophy that prescribes physical and mental disciplines for attaining oneness with the supreme being.

Till date, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted 150 yoga-related copyrights, 134 patents on yoga accessories, and 2,315 yoga trademarks.

Members of Parliament (MPs) also slammed the US patenting authority for its moves on yoga.

In response, the Indian Government has set up a task force to create a database of yoga techniques in order to stop others from patenting the centuries-old knowledge.

This information will be made available in five languages so that patent offices around the world can access it and know that it originated in India.

Yoga has been practiced in India for thousands of years, but the government is becoming increasingly concerned that people are trying to earn money from part of their cultural heritage.

Ramdev has popularised yoga across the world with claims of the ancient knowledge curing illnesses ranging from cancer to AIDS through breathing exercises and traditional medicines.

The US had earlier patented turmeric in March 1995 to two non-resident Indians associated with the University of Mississipi Medical Centre, Jackson, USA.

However, the US Patent Office revoked the turmeric patent after New Delhi-based Council for Agriculture Research (CSIR) challenged it. It was challenged on the grounds that it lacked novelty, as turmeric has been used for thousands of years for healing wounds and rashes.


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