Tag Archives: IP

Saskatoon Focus Group Scheduled for May 12-13

On May 12-13, 2017, ABS Canada will be hosting its next focus group in Saskatoon, SK in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law as part of its research project entitled “Building Capacity: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy for Canada.” This will be the third focus group ABS Canada has…
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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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“Tiered or Differentiated Approach to Traditional Knowledge?” Coast Salish Cowichan Sweater, Ghana Kente, Nigeria Adire and Arnhem Bark Paintings

The WIPO Secretariat recently organized a series of roundtables in advance of the 32nd negotiations of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). This seminar was a prologue to the substantive negotiation for the last WIPO-IGC for 2016 that focuses on a draft instrument on the protection of…
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Indigenous voices being marginalized at WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently playing host to the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (backgrounder available here).   The meeting is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, where delegations from each of WIPO's 188 member states are in the process of negotiating language…
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