In an audacious move, China had moved to patent the health benefits of pudina, but this bid was foiled by India, the Union health ministry has confirmed.
This confirmation follows a Times of India report on the matter. The European Patent Office (EPO) upheld the Indian claim that the medicinal properties of pudina was a part of the traditional medical system in the country and that the herb was used for flu and fever.
"M/s Livzon Pharmaceutical Group Inc, Guangdong, filed a patent application No: EP1849473 titled Chinese traditional medicine composition for treatment of avian influenza, method for preparation, and application thereof on January 19, 2007," MoS health S Gandhiselvan said in a written reply.
The issue was finally solved when 34 million A4 size pages of ancient text was made available in English, Japanese, French, German and Spanish.