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The Inuit Igloo Tag – A Trademark Model for Empowering Indigenous Cultural Expression

The Inuit living in Canada have cultivated an artistic reputation worldwide for their distinctive styles of painting, carving, and block printing. In 1949, a collection of Inuit artwork debuted in Montreal, attracting unexpected interest and acclaim. This attention spurred a growing trend of contemporary art and craftsmanship which has proved to be incredibly profitable for many Inuit.  In 2017,…
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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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Canada Steps Up at WIPO IGC, Links it with Reconciliation and Boosts Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Participation

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore – more popularly known by its acronym, IGC – is tasked with the mandate to engage in text-based negotiations for the effective protection of genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK), and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). The need…
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WIPO IGC 39: Unraveling the Tiered Approach to TK/TCEs

One of the major innovations of the IGC, in its long-running search for international legal instruments for the effective protection of TK/TCEs (Traditional Knowledge / Traditional Cultural Expressions), is the idea of tiered or differentiated approaches to TK/TCEs. The essence of looking at TK/TCEs on a tiered basis is the recognition that some TK/TCE categories are diffused…
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