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Teff Flour Patent Controversy Settled: Dutchman Does Not Have Patent Right to the Ethiopian Food Staple

Teff is an Ethiopian ancient grain used to make injera, a spongy fermented flatbread that is a food staple of Ethiopian culture. In 2007, a Dutchman, Jans Roosjen, obtained two patents for teff flour. The Dutch District Court of The Hague recently invalidated those two patents in Ancientgrain BV v Bakels Senior NV, and Ethiopians are…
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Increasing inclusion of Indigenous traditional knowledge in post-secondary education

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) called for funding “to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms” (see Call to Action 62(ii)). The focus thus far has been on training K-12 teachers. However, in the spirit of reconciliation, and in service of a full and comprehensive…
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Trans Mountain Pipeline: “Getting It Right” Means More Time

Image by William Chen via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)   The Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, citing a lack of proper consultation with affected Aboriginal peoples, as required under Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The duty to consult Aboriginal peoples and accommodate their concerns arises…
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TK and TCEs Again Under Focus at 37th WIPO IGC

On August 27, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) reconvened in Geneva for its 37th session.      The August 27-31 meeting is the third under the 2018-2019 biennium of the IGC and also the first opportunity for the experts to…
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