Colgate-Palmolive bid foiled

unnamed (1)India had foiled an attempt by consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb extract by citing ancient texts that show it was traditionally used in ancient medicinal practices. Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, CSIR had submitted proof from ancient books, which said the herb and its extracts of Myristica Fragranswere used for oral diseases in Indian systems of medicine. In addition other third party observations also made submissions against the claims. Meanwhile, various institutions of CSIR filed applications for 14 patents were in India and for 22 abroad. One patent was granted in India and 14 abroad.

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