India moves to break patents on yoga and ayurveda

Guardian India moves to protect traditional medicines from foreign patents: India fights to protect ancient treatments from western pharmaceutical companies.

Yoga, too, is considered a traditional medicine and one that is already a billion-dollar industry in the US. [Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta, who heads the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library,] said the Indian government had already asked the US to register yoga as a “well-known” mark and raised concerns over the 130 yoga-related patents issued.

Gupta is referring specifically to Bikram hot yoga.

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