Category Archives: Food for thought

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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Blockchain Technology and Access and Benefit-Sharing

This post was contributed by Frederic Perron-Welch, an International Law Advisor and PhD candidate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University. Frederic lives in Geneva.    Emerging information technologies such as blockchain may provide opportunities for lowering transaction costs and increasing legal certainty in ABS transactions. The current discussions in the CBD…
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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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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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