Attorney General Anand Ramlogan on Friday filed a civil intellectual property rights claim in the High Court asking for a revocation of the grant for the patent registered to Brian Copeland and two associates, according to reports from local newspapers.
“I would be acting in dereliction of my duty as guardian of the public interest, if, in the face of such advice, I failed to take action, after the country invested almost $50m in the development of our national instrument on this special project,” the attorney general is quoted as stating.
“No one person was responsible for these creations. These are post graduate UWI students and members of staff worked on the research project on the understanding that this was a labour of love for the benefit of our country. The State invested heavily in this project and it would be a dereliction of duty if I ignored or failed to act on legal advice provided,” he added.