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Nation Current Affairs 09 Apr 2018 Red tape chokes pate ...

Red tape chokes patented idea

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 9, 2018, 6:36 am IST
Updated Apr 9, 2018, 6:36 am IST
No state lab ready to test and certify product.
K Mohanan
 K Mohanan

Kannur: Though World Intellectual Property Organisation published K. Mohanan's paper on his product to clean the toxic elements in vegetables and fruits and make them nutritious, the researcher alleges that the labs in Kerala are not ready to certify.  He alleges that even after a minister showing interest, scientists here are blocking the product. After decades of experiment, he was able to get a provisional patent from MaxVal IP, an American patent company, and PCT recognition to prepare and sell in other countries. 

However, his achievement hit a roadblock, when the red tape here prevented it from even testing the sample. “I could get an opportunity to present the product before former agriculture minister K.P. Mohanan, who introduced me to other scientists in the field," he said.  "They asked me to get the product tested in state laboratories and hence, took the sample to Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. Later they informed that they did not have the equipment to test it. Soon after the meeting with the minister and the scientists, Agriculture University came out with a product that can remove the toxic elements in vegetables through washing.”

 

An advocate from Kanhangad, he realised the impact of toxins on food items while working in a fruits and vegetable company in Al Ain.  Later, he researched among the tribals and developed the product that includes 26 kinds of medicines and two bio-compounds.  Mr Mohanan claims that the product can extract the toxin when kept in pure water along with the fruits or vegetables. He is hopeful again, after the product featured in World Intellectual Property Organisation publications.

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Location: India, Kerala




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