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What will be discussed at the upcoming GRTKF meeting?

The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore will meet from February 27 to March 3, 2017 for their 33rd session. On the agenda, the discussions will mostly focus on Traditional Cultural Expressions. Under the WIPO IGC, a primary focus of the work of the IGC is to reach a […]

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Canada’s Interventions at the IGC 32

WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) 32nd session took place from November 28 to December 2, 2016. A Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge was held on November 24 and 25, 2016, just prior to the IGC session. On the agenda for this meeting, Item 6: […]

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Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the Intergovernmental Committee

The Intergovernmental Committee at W.I.P.O. is charged with developing international legislation to protect traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources as classes of intellectual property.  As various indigenous communities throughout the world are the originators and keepers of these categories of knowledge, one would expect their rights and concerns to be at the heart […]

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Pole-based Partisanship? Observations on National Positions at the Intergovernmental Committee

Barring a few exceptions, there is a pattern as to where a country likely stands on protecting traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources at the Intergovernmental Committee.  Simply look at a map, and determine if that country is closer to the North Pole or the South Pole.

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Databases, Disclosure, or Both? Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources Protection Strategies at the Intergovernmental Committee

In its mission to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources as classes of intellectual property, the Intergovernmental Committee has produced two distinct solutions: a one-click clearing house database, and a mandatory patent source disclosure requirement.  Each strategy has a different group of countries supporting it.  And each strategy has perceived weaknesses that its opponents readily […]

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