The quest for effective traditional knowledge protection: Some reflections on WIPO’s recent IGC discussions

Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) met recently to engage in a text-based negotiation on an international instrument relating to the protection of Traditional Knowledge (TK). When compared to reports of WIPO’s February meeting on genetic resources, discussions at the most recent IGC session (16-20 April) went relatively smoothly. However, some observers remain sceptical over how much progress has actually been made on the proper legal protection for TK over the past ten years of discussions.

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The quest for effective traditional knowledge protection: Some reflections on WIPO’s recent IGC discussions

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