Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Pakistan has decided to lodge a formal complaint with the United States Patents Office against a patent given to a US firm, RiceTec Inc. on a premium rice brand originating in the Indian sub-continent. According to the commerce secretary, M Iqbal Farced, a verbal complaint has already been lodged for using the name Basmati against the Texas-based firm. Pakistan wanted to fight the case with India either at World Trade Organisation level or in a US court. But because India claimed that Basmati was Indian, Pakistan decided to protest on its own.

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