Tag Archives: Indigenous Knowledge

World Intellectual Property Day: Will the Government’s New IP Strategy Adequately Address Indigenous Traditional Knowledge?

This piece was jointly written by Chidi Oguamanam and Joel Morales.  World Intellectual Property Day was April 26. The day aims to promote innovation and creativity for intellectual property (IP) as well as recognize achievements made across the globe by inventors and creators. As part of the Canada’s celebration, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and…
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Canada: Indigenous Knowledge on A Rebound: Bringing Hope for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation

Recent years have seen new efforts ranging from the government to researchers and even software developers, to include Indigenous traditional knowledge (TK) in conservation and sustainability policy. These efforts show promise for not just Indigenous peoples, but for society writ large, and demonstrate a newfound appreciation for the value of traditional knowledge and the unique…
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WIPO Expert Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Takes Another Look at Draft Genetic Resources Text in 2018

You can find my reflections on the 34th Session of WIPO here and here.    For the 35th time in 18 years, experts have yet again gathered at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva where they are scheduled to remain in deliberation between March 19 and 23, 2018. This meeting of the…
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Traditional Knowledge in National Energy Board Consultation and Environmental Assessments

The Federal Government’s recent Discussion Paper on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB) and incorporating Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (TK) into the Environmental Assessment process raises a number of important questions. Chief among these is how the federal Crown perceives its duty to consult Indigenous nations where their rights may be infringed. From a decision-making standpoint,…
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