Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

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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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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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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US Fails to Block Progress over Genetic Resources Text at WIPO-IGC 36

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…
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