Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stale News: Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board in a Patent Controversy

Yesterday, the Times of India carried a news report according to which, the Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Mr.S.P.Gautam, has been trying to push his own patent on lyophilliser, a device used for freeze drying, for use by the Board.

Apparently, a directive by the CPCB too was passed requiring the leather industry to buy the technology claimed in the CPCB Chairman’s patent, which has not been tested yet.

When this issue, which involves conflict of interest, was brought to the attention of the Minister for Environment and Forests, Ms.Jayanthi Natarajan, she promised to probe into the matter.

I wonder if in developing the invention, the CPCB Chairman used the resources of the government. If yes, how did he file and get a patent in his name? Does the Government have an IP policy for its employees? I’ll read up more on this and share my findings with the readers.

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