TKDLTraditional Knowledge Digital Library (New Delhi, India)
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As per the information provided by the CSIR, the implementing agency of the TKDL project, the expenditure incurred on the project is about Rs.
As per the information provided by the CSIR, TKDL consist of more than 3.
54) The TKDL was designed to assist patent examiners of major intellectual property offices in carrying out prior art searches.
Before the existence of a database like the TKDL, India's process of revoking a patent was a costly and time-consuming affair.
Some 200 researchers took eight years to create the TKDL database, combing through Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Urdu texts on ayurveda, yoga and other less-known health systems such as unani and siddha.
India is the only country in the world to have set up an institutional mechanism - TKDL, to protect its traditional knowledge and to prevent grant of wrong patents.
The TKDL is a collaborative project between the ministries of science and technology and health and family welfare.
In 1999, the TKDL was started as a joint project among five Indian government organizations, including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR).
All TKDL products will operate in combination with Wintrac 4.
In addition, CSIR would provide training to the USPTO examiners and staff to help them use TKDL tools for search and examination.
The TKDL has been made available to select Patent Offices in the world for conducting prior art search for Indian traditional knowledge and not to grant patent if the subject-matter under the patent application pertains to the Indian traditional knowledge.
10 International Access Agreements on TKDL have been concluded with United States Patent & Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Canada Patent Office, Germany Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, United Kingdom Patent Office, Australia Patent Office, Malaysia Patent Office, and Chile Patent Office including Indian Patent Office.