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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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Crunch Time at WIPO-IGC: A Last Attempt to Draft a New Genetic Resources Text?

Pictured above are members of the Africa Group at the WIPO IGC.  On June 26, 2018, the long running World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) reconvened in Geneva for its 36th session. Since 2000, the IGC has had a mandate to negotiate text-based…
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Kinder Morgan: Beyond the Division of Powers Debate – Indigenous Rights at the Crux

Image by Mark Klotz via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)   The current debate over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion reads like a high stakes action movie. It is like a ticking time bomb ready to detonate on May 31st , the date Kinder Morgan has threatened to terminate the entire expansion project unless two conditions are met…
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