Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Patently Obvious

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International patent regulations only protect multinationals.

City Life - Patently Obvious

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 from the City Life series 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 a tiny hut, charged nothing for treating patients, and as his sons had no interest in learning his skills -- his knowledge was 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, coordinated by Professor Anil Gupta with the aim of protecting and strengthening rural innovators and traditional knowledge keepers by documenting their work and protecting its patents.

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Main credits

Bruce, Ashley (film director)
Bruce, Ashley (screenwriter)
Danon, Orly (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Atkins, Rachel (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Orly Danon; series editor, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Ashley Bruce

Television Trust for the Environment
Ashley Bruce
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Medical Anthropology
Health, Healthcare, Medicine and Nursing
Local Economies
Science and Technology

Distributor subjects

Business Practices
Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Science, Technology, Society


patents, intellectual property, patent regulations, WTO, Anil Gupta, India, multinational corporations; "Patently Obvious"; Bullfrog Films

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