Independent journalist and contributor, Down To Earth. Her concerns relate to the way power structures in society - business corporations, governments and lobbies - impact the lives of the powerless.
Beware of Japan's trade ambitions
Japan is pushing for higher levels of intellectual property protection that will cut access to affordable medicines
This is how rich nations protect profits of multinational pharma firms
When rich nations insist on patent linkage provisions in bilateral and regional trade pacts, there is a way out
The zero budget farming discord
There is unease over the crusader of natural farming, Subhash Palekar, for renaming the technique after himself
Can activism check Big Pharma’s profit motives?
As prices of life-saving drugs skyrocket, people from diverse fields are getting together to fight Big Pharma
US trading on thin ice
As Trump escalates the trade war with China, the key question is what constitutes theft of intellectual property
Fake science, shady journals
India is way behind in the patents it files, the reason being that much of its science is of dubious quality
Average 71 patents per drug!
Innovator companies are seeking hundreds of patents on a single drug to extend monopolies and increase prices
Outsourcing patent functions
WIPO begins talks on controversial proposal to allow countries to outsource their patent examination processes to another country
Clearing the smoke on packaging
WTO rules that Australian laws on tobacco packaging don't violate global obligations to protect intellectual property
Evergreening rampant in India
India's patent office has ignored the strict safeguards against evergreening and allowed a flood of secondary drug patents
Patanjali doesn't want to share benefits of centuries-old medicine system
Ramdev's corporate behemoth Patanjali's claim that Indian firms do not have to share benefits for using bio resources is troubling
The Chinese patent juggernaut
China has toppled Japan from No 2 spot and is set to become the leader in global patent filings, specially in future technologies
The Maasai are protecting their intellectual property rights, what of others like India's Warlis?
The sheer folly of Indian GIs
States are competing to pile up Geographical Indication tags without studying the benefit to producers
A pirate loved by academics
Alexandra Elbakyan's Sci-Hub is putting up a spirited fight against publishers who shackle science behind high cost paywalls
No sharing or you'll be sued
For distributing a subscription trade newsletter among its staff, a US firm is fined heavily for copyright violations
Elon Musk's patent ambiguities
Electric carmaker Tesla has patented a battery-swapping system. Does this mean a reversal of its open source philosophy?
Hypocrisy of the west
A legitimate tool to meet any public health crisis, rich countries, particularly the US, have resolutely opposed its deployment by developing …
A sham transaction by a drug firm
Pharma giant Allergan transfers contested patent to the Mohawk tribe to stop rivals from challenging it
India shocks with vaccine patent
Why did we grant Pfizer's claim on a pneumonia vaccine which has been rejected elsewhere?
Fighting over Anne Frank's legacy
The Diary of a Young Girl chronicling her life and times under Nazi fascism is still shackled by copyright laws
Reinforcing the rights of nations
Drugs major Eli Lilly has lost its case against Canada. It affirms the right of a country to set its own patent laws
These crucial exemptions
Exemptions given in drug patent protection are vital for research as the court ruled in the Natco versus Bayer case
The murder of workers' unions
The case of Maruti workers reflects the anti-labour stance of companies, governments and media
Seeking a fair price for drugs
The WHO is working on finding a fair pricing model for medicines but will Big Pharma accept it?