Marie Michael Library
City Life Series, Part 13: Patently Obvious
Protection of intellectual property is the lifeblood of today's knowledge economy. But while the benefits to the pharmaceutical or telecommunications giants are plain, what relevance do World Trade Organization regulations have for developing countries? In the Indian state of Gujarat, Professor Anil Gupta travels from village to village seeking out grassroots inventors and helping them document their work and protect it with patents. Particular focus is given to village healers. Gupta's work helps these traditional knowledge keepers earn more money as well as respect and interest from the next generation.