India all set to show yoga power - The Economic Times: "India all set to show yoga power
India's more than 4,000-year-old yoga tradition may witness some high-octane trade disputes sometime from now. The Union government is building its muscles to bust the market monopolies on yoga that Western practitioners have been securing through copyrights, trademarks and patents. Yoga is a flourishing $27bn-a-year business in the US.
To start with, the government is making a digital database of 1,500 yoga postures and their therapeutic properties that can be used to overthrow the 134 patents on yoga accessories, 150 yoga-related copyrights and 2,315 yoga trademarks the US Patent Office has granted so far, sources said.