This week in review … New documents, African proposal set the stage for WIPO IGC meeting

14 10 2008

Stage Set for WIPO to Advance on Traditional Knowledge, Folklore Protection

IP Watch, 11 October 2008

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on traditional knowledge and genetic resources meets with a new sense of purpose. New on the table are two detailed reports from the secretariat highlighting areas where international policy may be needed, an African Group proposal calling for an international instrument, and the encouragement of the new Director General to achieve concrete outcomes after many years of debate. While no major breakthroughs are expected, there is a sense among member states and the WIPO secretariat that the two new “gap analysis” reports – assessing where there are gaps in international policymaking concerning the protection of traditional knowledge and of traditional cultural expressions – have set the stage for a productive week. The African Group proposal expresses the opinion that the “ultimate objective of this process should be the development and adoption of a legally binding international instrument for the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources” and presents detailed comments on the draft analyses as well as recommendations for the way forward. Read the article …


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