An surge of gene patents in Europe threatens to overwhelm the law

There's gaiety on the greens as the European Parliament drops a directive on patenting genetically engineered life forms

Late January, the European Patent Office took a tough stand on gene patenting by upholding a patent granted to the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine, Melbourne,

ASIS DUTTA, a senior biologist at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is the first Indian scientist to have applied for a gene patent in the United States of America. Two years ago, he succeeded in isolating a gene which codes for an ideal protein

The Union government is sparing no effort to ensure the finalisation of its proposed Plant Varieties Bill. Senior bureaucrats of the agriculture ministry point out that India will have to announce

Expectations of a bill to effect changes in the country's patent laws were belied when the Union government bypassed Parliament by issuing an executive ordinance on the matter. Changes in the

An extraordinary session of the US Congress meets in December to approve the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade amidst fears that its new incarnation will undermine US sovereignty.

An online networking facility introduced on November 19 by the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) will enable Indian manufacturers to keep track of international patents and the latest

In this GATT era, Indian drugs and pharmaceutical scientists have belatedly begun to focus on drug, rather than on process, development

The department of biotechnology (DBT) and a team of researchers at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have filed India's first international patent on the amaranthus gene that could help