A press release from the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), issued today, states that claims that yoga positions "are being patented" are misleading. The organisation accuses the BBC of "turning the facts about yoga positions on their head". This press release has been provoked by the trailer for a discussion on Radio 4’s Today programme on 9 June. Says CIPA Council member Rob Jackson:
"On its website, the BBC’s headline for the yoga story was ‘The Indian government is planning to patent nearly a thousand yoga postures’. In fact, what the Indian government is sensibly trying to do is to prevent people from claiming intellectual property rights for what is a traditional, centuries-old practice".
"Simple text isn't adequate. People are claiming they are doing something different from the original yoga when they are not. There is no intention to stop people practising yoga but nobody should misappropriate yoga and start charging franchise money".