A garage baas in Kadjugama has developed a machine which could shave off the cadju nut kernel without damaging it.
Dr. D.M. Karunaratne, Director General National Intellectual Property Office speaking at a seminar on Wednesday said that previously the cadju nut kernel was extracted crudely, causing damage to the kernel.
The damaged kernel was then allegedly pasted together and exported. But containers in their droves, carrying such spurious contiguous cadju nut kernels used to be returned, after the buyers detected that malfeasance, till the development of the aforesaid machine which is patented locally and which ensures that the kernel is not damaged when extracting it.
It’s priced at Rs. 170,000 per piece, with the inventor now making preparations to export his product to Madagascar.
However, if he wants to protect his patent in Madagascar, he will have to register his invention at that country’s patent office, said Karunaratne.
Just because it’s patented in Sri Lanka, that does not mean that it could not be copied in Madagascar, unless the inventor takes pains to register his invention there as well, he added.
Similarly, any foreign invention could be copied here, unless that invention is registered with the local patent office, said Karunaratne.
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