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As the Curtain Draws on TK: WIPO-IGC Session 31 Kicks the Can Further Down the Road

Between September 19 and 23, 2016, the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) commenced the first of a two-part negotiation over a potential instrument for the effective protection of traditional knowledge (TK), pursuant to its mandate for the 2016-2017 biennium. In the summer, the IGC concluded negotiations…
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ABS Canada hits the road: student workshop in Thunder Bay

On Tuesday, October 4, members of the ABS Canada team travelled to the beautiful city of Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario to meet with law students and faculty at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.   Our presentation, entitled “Reconciling Traditions,” introduced law students to genetic resources and the role Indigenous TK plays in…
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Canada’s environmental policies must respect Aboriginal traditional knowledge

The Government of Canada has launched a review of the federal environmental and regulatory processes. As part of this strategy, The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has created a four-member expert panel to undertake the review. Consultations will be held across Canada beginning in September 2016, allowing the panel members to take…
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Expanding the Debate: A Licensing Scheme for Traditional Knowledge?

Traditional knowledge (TK) often helps researchers to locate, understand, and usefully apply genetic resources extracted from plants and animals. In some cases, TK provides the basis for cartographic insights and data on a wide range of otherwise inaccessible information. However, one of the sources of disquiet about TK is the perception that it is sometimes…
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