Monthly Archives: June 2016

Progress made, but much work remains: 30th WIPO IGC on genetic resources

As noted in this post from last week, WIPO recently wrapped up the 30th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland.    The focus of the 3oth IGC was Genetic Resources (GR), with WIPO members seeking to advance the current draft text on a possible…
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Indigenous voices being marginalized at WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently playing host to the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (backgrounder available here).   The meeting is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, where delegations from each of WIPO's 188 member states are in the process of negotiating language…
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Strengthening access and benefit sharing among Canadian farmers

Despite the absence of national access and benefit sharing (ABS) laws in Canada, there is still an opportunity to strengthen ABS among the Canadian farming community. The international framework surrounding ABS is defined by agreements including the The International Treaty on Plant and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)…
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