Kerala to introduce intellectual property rights policy: CM

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 31: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said the government would introduce an ''intellectual property rights (IPR)'' policy to protect traditional knowledge of the state. Briefing reporters on the weekly cabinet meeting here, he said the cabinet approved the policy in principle. It would be helpful to protect the states' traditional knowledge.

The cabinet also decided to constitute a supervisory committee with Chief Minister as its Chairman and Law Minister as its vice chairman, he said. Kerala would be the first state in the country to introduce such a policy in the state, he claimed.

Mr Achuthanandan said the existing Law Revision Commission would be expanded by adding four members. Mr K P Radhakrishna Menon, Dr N S Goplakakrishnan, Baristor N P R Nair and Adv Sahasrachalam would be the new members, while Justice V R Krishna Iyer would continue as its Chairman, he added.

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