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Once upon a time, there was a beggar in Kerala, who used to sing self-made folk songs on the streets of Cochin. The coins offered by the people were the source of bread and butter for that poor man. One day, while he was on the street, he got surprised to hear a song from the nearby home. It was a famous film song from a TV Channel. What surprised him was, it was his self-composed song that he used to sing on the street! As an illiterate man, initially he felt proud of himself, but when the public told the real story, he became sad – somebody has stolen his song and published the same under their name. Out of mercy, some reporters published this story in a leading newspaper, but unfortunately nothing happened! For that poor man, filing a case against copyright violation, getting publicity and awards were not the matters, bread and butter was his major concern. Even if he had gone for a case, he would have defeated easily as he had no copyright for his songs. This is not the only one incident; we often come across hundreds of similar incidences everywhere. Tomorrow, we may be the victims of similar situation unless we take the copyright for our own works, which may be songs, poems, articles, stories, novels, film scripts, art works, books, research works, etc.

In India, under HRD ministry, there is a copyright office in New Delhi. Getting a copyright is very easy, and it takes only 100 rupees if we contact them directly. But there are many agents who charge a huge amount as commission. What you have to do is take the two copies of the manuscript and fill the three copies of the application form, and send the same along with DD amount mentioned in the application form. (It was 50/- before two years). Within 6 months you will get the attested copy of your work along with copyright certificate.

There is a separate office for patent registration, which has four regional offices in metro cities. If we go directly, it takes only 1000/-, but agents charge 10000/- or more as service charge. This situation really happens everywhere – manufactures and consumers get less, but agents always take the benefits!!!

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 10, 2011 at 1:02am

I think it is just an inquiry about the legal procedures. Mixing is not allowed in Homeopathy [However, it is said that Hahnemann had some plans, but Boenninghausen opposed]. Unfortunately, it is done all over the world. It is supported by the pharmacopeia and pharmaceutical acts in every nation. A major portion of homeopathic trade includes patents and combinations. The same trend is there in other systems also - A disparity between theory and practice!

Personally, I do not support patents. But, we should be aware of all methods and procedures related with our system. Way of practice is the personal choice! We should also remember that many patients actually come to homeopathy through these patents! I get many patients who had some symptomatic relief by taking patents over-the-counter. But the result is only temporary, hence they decide to consult a homeopath for a better result. So, eventhough it is bad, these patents products in colourful bottles attract the clients. There are four homeopathic pharmacies near my clinic, and majority of their clients initially come for patents, and finally come to us. A sort of advertisement for us. lol...

Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on May 9, 2011 at 6:35am
Very sorry to say, without any intention to hurt anybody, I would like to state- Why should we combine medicines? What is there to have this headache? If one wants to copyright his articles or cases, it is quite good.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 9, 2011 at 1:13am

Thanks for the comments.

Every State has got Drug Controller in the state capital. There is an Assistant Drug Controller in each districts. The license to manufacture medicines (all branches of medicine) is given by the assistant drug controller’s office. The expense is less if you go directly, but may take more time due to some “constraints”. The procedure will be very smooth if we apply through the agents!

 

Regarding the trademark registration, we should contact the Trademark and Patent Registrar in the metro cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkatta).

Comment by Dr. nalini bajaj on May 7, 2011 at 1:00pm

very apt and timely advice..sir,

suppose i wish to patent a few combinations of medicines.. i effectively use in my practice..what is the procedure.

thanx and regards. !

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