This week in review … WIPO/ARIPO MoU strengthens cooperation on TK protection

7 10 2008

WIPO and ARIPO Sign MOU to Expand Cooperation

WIPO press release – 3 October 2008

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Francis Gurry and his counterpart from the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Gift H. Sibanda signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 2 October 2008 in Geneva, to strengthen and expand cooperation between the two organizations. The MOU covers traditional areas of cooperation relating to capacity building, as well as a special project to boost ARIPO’s patent information capacity. In addition to the provision of technical and legislative assistance, cooperation will also be strengthened in establishing a legal framework for the protection on traditional knowledge and traditional expressions of folklore. Read the press release …



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