The regular readers of Spicy IP would no doubt be aware of the controversies surrounding the so-called “confidential” status accorded to Traditional Knowledge and relating information (for previous posts, see here). There have also been instances where RTIs have been filed with CSIR in order to obtain information about the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library project (TKDL) (see here and here).
However, there is some welcome news for those, who share our penchant for transparency to the greatest extent possible in every aspect of the public domain in general and IP in particular. The official Indian Patent Office Website has put up a list of all the applications that are pending and belong, as per the judgment exercised by the Patent Office, to the category of Traditional Knowledge. The list contains, in its present form, the application number, date of filing, the publication date, the title of the invention and the name and address of the applicant. In case of any discrepancy, one has been asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for correction/clarification.
This action on the part of the Patent Office no doubt appears to be promising in terms of promoting greater transparency. It’s also likely to help the applicants to know whether or not their inventions are being deemed as TK and accorded associated privileges.