Tag Archives: Indigenous Knowledge

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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Can cultural appropriation inform our understanding of ABS?

The idea of borrowing, imitating and using aspects of indigenous culture has sparked plenty of debate. Dr. George Nicholas, a professor at Simon Fraser University, has created a guidebook to confront this issue and to help limit the impact of cultural appropriation. More importantly, Dr. Nicholas’s research on cultural appropriation can inform our understanding of…
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Progress made, but much work remains: 30th WIPO IGC on genetic resources

As noted in this post from last week, WIPO recently wrapped up the 30th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland.    The focus of the 3oth IGC was Genetic Resources (GR), with WIPO members seeking to advance the current draft text on a possible…
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