|Country: INDIA||Period of Report: October 2004|
In order to meet its WTO commitments of having a patent regime in place by January 1, 2005 wherein India has to move from the process patent to product patent regime, India is to introduce the Patents (third amendment) Bill.
The Bill has been cleared by the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to look into the amendments to the Patent Act on Monday 25th October, 2004. The Bill is now expected to be tabled before the Indian Parliament during the Winter Session.
The Bill in its current form provides for both pre- and post-grant opposition to patents in drugs, pharmaceutical and the food industries.
|Country: PAKISTAN||Period of Report: October 2004|
|Country: BANGLADESH||Period of Report: October 2004|
Speakers at a rally on 15th October, 2004 called for preserving indigenous seeds to protect the farmers and agriculture. The rally was organised by Bishwa Grameen Nari Dibas Udjapon Jatiya Committee at the Central Shaheed Minar to mark the World Rural Women’s Day. The committee observed the day with a slogan ‘Preserve indigenous seeds to protect the farmers and the agriculture’ asserting that their rights on local bio-resources as social property are being threatened in view of the expanding multinational markets under the cover of patent rights. The speakers called for resisting multinational companies to market the hybrid seeds as it is not possible to reproduce seeds from the crops of hybrid seeds. Swapan Guha, chief executive of Rupantar, a non-government organisation, quoted saying that “The tradition of preserving seeds locally must not be stopped for the sake of our farmers, and our women must be allowed to play their important role of conserving the seeds for next plantation”.