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Trademark Registry publishes list of International Nonproprietary Names

February 10, 2012

The list of International Non-Proprietary Names (INNs) (copied below) as declared by
the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently been published by the Controller General of
Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM). More than 8000 pharmaceutical substances are
mentioned in the said list.

The INN system was initiated by World Health Assembly with the aim of providing
health professionals with a unique and universally available designated name to identify each
pharmaceutical substance. The existence of INN as international nomenclature for
pharmaceutical substances provide aid in the clear identification, safe prescription and
dispensing of medicines to patients, and for communication and exchange of information among
health professionals and scientists worldwide. The cumulative list of INN stands at some 7000
names and the number is growing every year by some 120-150 new INN.

It is pertinent to point out that Section 13 of the Trademarks Act provides that
international non-proprietary names declared by World Health Organization from time to time or
deceptively similar names shall not be registered as trademarks. Also as in 2009-2010 maximum
number of applications [15.83 % of total 141943 applications filed at the registry] was filed in
Class 5 (for goods relating to medicinal, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments apparatus etc),
the list would help the agents and applicants to assess their application prior to filing for
trademark registration.

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