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Nike Shoe Design Stolen from Guna Indigenous Women and Marketed as Puerto Rican

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…
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Walking the Talk in Reconciliation: Federal Court Issues Decision in Indigenous Languages

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…
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40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

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…
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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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