- Just weeks before the new “Puerto Rican-themed” Nike Air Force 1 shoes were to be released, Nike cancelled the whole thing. The so-called Puerto Rican design was in fact an outright copy of a traditional mola design unique to the Guna, an Indigenous tribe from Guna Yala in Panama and from parts of Colombia. The Guna people quickly made it…Read More
- For the first time in history, a Canadian court has issued a ruling in two Indigenous languages. The ruling in Whalen v Fort McMurray No 468 First Nation by the Canadian Federal Court – a summary of which was issued in both Cree and Dene – overturned the suspension of Fort McMurray No. 468 First Nation band councillor Samantha Whalen.…Read More
- Pre-Session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the WIPO IGC, which commenced on June 17 and ended on June 21. With a crowded agenda, the 40thsession marks the last session for the 2018-2019 biennium. In preparation for this meeting, two countries, South Africa and Indonesia, each organized pre-IGC workshop and consultative meetings…Read More
What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?
Our team of researchers has conducted in-depth focus groups across Canada, gathering representatives from Indigenous communities and organizations to discuss how best to protect their interests through access and benefit sharing policies.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…