Monday, July 09, 2007

WIPO traditional knowledge meeting

The web site of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reports the 11th session of its Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, currently underway in Geneva to discuss draft provisions for enhanced protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions against misappropriation and misuse.

WIPO provides a forum for debate and development of legal mechanisms and practical tools to protect traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and the intellectual property aspects of access to and benefit-sharing in genetic resources. A report of WIPO’s stakeholder consultations about needs and expectations of traditional knowledge holders is available online. In HOORC’s Library you can find Banishing the biopirates : a new approach to protecting traditional knowledge by Krystyna Swiderska.

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