Tag Archives: Canada

World Intellectual Property Day: Will the Government’s New IP Strategy Adequately Address Indigenous Traditional Knowledge?

This piece was jointly written by Chidi Oguamanam and Joel Morales.  World Intellectual Property Day was April 26. The day aims to promote innovation and creativity for intellectual property (IP) as well as recognize achievements made across the globe by inventors and creators. As part of the Canada’s celebration, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and…
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Some Key Actors in Promoting and Developing Aboriginal Capacity on ABS

One of the most important precursors to successful ABS regimes are communities that have the capacity and resources to develop their own protocols. To this end, there are multiple organizations that help promote and develop ABS capacity-building and implementation around the world.  These organizations inform governments, practitioners, Indigenous communities, and more to understand and work…
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Traditional Knowledge in National Energy Board Consultation and Environmental Assessments

The Federal Government’s recent Discussion Paper on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB) and incorporating Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (TK) into the Environmental Assessment process raises a number of important questions. Chief among these is how the federal Crown perceives its duty to consult Indigenous nations where their rights may be infringed. From a decision-making standpoint,…
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Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge: A WIPO Guide

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently published an introductory guide to intellectual property for Indigenous peoples and local communities. The full publication can be found here. This post briefly highlights key elements of the report, and points out areas where conventional, Western IP approaches remain inadequate to the task of protecting and preserving Indigenous traditional…
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