Yearly Archives: 2017

WIPO Special Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression Shies Away from Consolidating its Mandate but Agrees on Lack of Indigenous Participation

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s specialist committee charged with negotiating text-based instrument(s) for the effective protection of Genetic Resources (GRs), Traditional Knowledge (TK), and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs), on Friday June 16 2017 concluded its 34th session with partial agreement on its mandate and on the fate of the committee and its work program. On…
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34th Session of WIPO-IGC: Delegates Focus on TCEs and Mull the Future of Seventeen-Year Old Specialist Committee

Today, experts and diplomats from member countries of the United Nations special agency in charge of intellectual property (IP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), re-convene in Geneva for final deliberations under their 2016-2017 biennium mandate. Specifically, these individuals are meeting under the auspices of a specialist committee known as the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual…
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Indigenous Rights Affected by Canada’s Copyright Act: Issues and Opportunities

Canada is currently undergoing a review of the Copyright Act to determine whether the legislation has struck a fair balance between users, creators, and owners of literary and artistic works. These reviews take place every 5 years – the last one was done in 2012. There are potential ABS/Indigenous rights implicated in this review. Indigenous…
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Saskatoon Focus Group: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy

For those just reading our blog for the first time, ABS Canada is a research group focusing on the perspectives of Indigenous stakeholders in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regimes over genetic resources. The goal of the ABS Canada project is to provide an independent platform for capacity-building through education, training, networking, consultation and the…
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