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Looking beyond Basmati

FIRST it was haldi. Now basmati. A Texas-based US company has been granted a patent for inventions rela- ting to "novel basmati rice", a new method of breeding as also a new method of determining the cooking and starch properties of rice grains Patenting of discoveries is not permitted under the intellectual property rights regimen, but inventions are and Ricetec, the company which has won the patent, claims that basmati is only the name for types of aromatic rice as for instance durum is a generic name for a type of wheat and not for any particular variety. The US patent office, while admitting that third party challenges under US law will be entertained if filed, insists that India cannot get basmati registered as a trademark in the US, "though it could do so' in India".

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