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Patently Obvious (13/22)


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 27 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001
Available in French: No

Protection of intellectual property -- works of the mind -- is the lifeblood of today's new knowledge economy. But while the benefits to the multinational pharmaceutical or telecommunications giants are plain, what relevance do World Trade Organization regulations have for developing countries?

This program explores the benefits of intellectual property protection in the Indian state of Gujarat. Karimbhai practices herbal medicine from his home. Ten years ago he lived in poverty in a tiny hut -- his knowledge likely to die with him.

By contrast Karimbhai today makes a good living -- with people traveling for miles for treatment and advice. He even has a patent application out for one of his medicines. His change of fortune came about after he joined the Honeybee Network.