- This is a companion piece to my earlier reflections on the progress being made at WIPO IGC 36. You can read the first post here. After six days of deliberations (June 24-29, 2018) to secure a mature text for the protection of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, delegates left the negotiations with mixed feeling while remaining resolute…Read More
- Pictured above are members of the Africa Group at the WIPO IGC. On June 26, 2018, the long running World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) reconvened in Geneva for its 36th session. Since 2000, the IGC has had a mandate to negotiate text-based instrument(s) for the effective…Read More
- Image by Mark Klotz via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The current debate over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion reads like a high stakes action movie. It is like a ticking time bomb ready to detonate on May 31st , the date Kinder Morgan has threatened to terminate the entire expansion project unless two conditions are met - protection of shareholders…Read More
What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?
We are holding a series of focus groups across the country. Representatives from Aboriginal communities and organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector will gather to discuss how best to protect Aboriginal interests through access and benefit sharing policies.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…