Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Recently, a newspaper carried an Article stating that the “Tirupati ladoos would soon get patent rights under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act”.

Ladoos can’t be patented. The idea is absolutely ludicrous. Patents can only be granted for inventions. Furthermore patents can’t be granted under the Geographical Indications of Goods Act. Geographical Indications of Goods refers to country or place of origin of a product.

This clearly shows careless reporting. The common man, from the above can clearly be confused as to the fact that Tirupati ladoos can be given patent protection, which is totally untrue.

Such reports must be carefully vetted before they are published. The help of experts in the fields should be taken before making such statements. This is urgently required to improve the standards of the articles being published.

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