Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Folklore/Traditional Cultural Expressions

By Emmanuel Narokobi

As our National Cultural Commission looks into how to legislate protection of traditional knowledge etc in PNG, thought I’d put up some info and links from WIPO here:

Geneva, September 9, 2009

A regular bulletin for those with an interest in the work of WIPO on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions/folklore.

WIPO General Assembly

The WIPO General Assembly will hold its 38th session from September 22, 2009 to October 1, 2009 at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Documents WO/GA/38/9 on Matters Concerning the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore and WO/GA/38/17 Elements for the New Mandate – Proposal by the European Community and its Member States are now available.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The July 2009 issue of the WIPO Magazine includes an article on Art and Cultural Dispute Resolution.

Also, an article on Update on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Art and Cultural Heritage Sector is published in the September e-bulletin of the International Bar Association Art and Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee.

New Publication

Omani Crafts … A Documentary Study is available on our IP and Handicrafts webpage.  This publication, in Arabic, was published by the Public Authority for Crafts Industries, Sultanate of Oman, in March 2009.

WIPO’s Cultural Documentation Training Program

Learn about WIPO’s cultural documentation and IP management training program for communities and how an Indigenous Community goes Digital with High-Tech Support from WIPO.

Intergovernmental Committee

The initial draft report of IGC 14 is now available.

Past and Upcoming Events and Activities

The Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, the National Commission against Biopiracy, the Initiative for the Prevention of Biopiracy and WIPO co-organized an International Workshop on the Implementation of Disclosure Requirements related to Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge, held in Lima, Peru, on August 13 and 14, 2009.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Paraguay and WIPO co-organized a National Seminar on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore in Asunción, Paraguay on August 17 and 18, 2009.

WIPO Indigenous Fellow Eliamani Laltaika participated in the International Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism (IUAES), held in Zurich, Switzerland from August 31 to September 3, 2009.

WIPO will participate in the 40th IASA 2009 Annual Conference: Towards a new kind of Archive? The Digital Philosophy in Audiovisual Archives to be held in Athens, Greece, from September 20 to 25, 2009.

WIPO is organizing an International Conference on Intellectual Property and Cultural Heritage in the Digital World to be held in Madrid, Spain on October 29 and 30, 2009.


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