The University of Iowa

Law, Medical Knowledge and Intelligibility

November 14th, 2012

“Law, Medical Knowledge and Intelligibility: Divining the Course of India’s New Patent Regime for Ayurveda and Biomedicine”
Presented by: Murphy Halliburton, Professor of Anthropology, Queens College, New York

Thursday, Nov. 29, 4-5:30 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre

This presentation discusses the effects of India's 2005 Patents Act on the control of medical knowledge and products in India. This new law, which conforms to the World Trade Organization's intellectual property conventions and discontinues India's prohibition of product patents for medicines, is having complex and unintended effects on the production of biomedical pharmaceuticals by Indian drug manufacturers and the products and practices of Ayurveda, India’s indigenous medical system.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and International Programs.

For more information, contact Frederick Smith at or 319-400-1295.