Tag Archives: biopiracy

Funding for Biotech Startups Raise Biopiracy Concerns, May Have Implications for Entrepreneurship Based on Traditional Knowledge

The emergence of startup funding programs has interesting implications for Indigenous entrepreneurship, especially in the areas of  traditional knowledge and associated genetic resources.   This week, for example, the American company Y Combinator put out a call for startup companies working on water availability in the face of growing uncertainty caused by climate change. The call invites…
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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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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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