Intellectual Property, traditional
knowledge and traditional cultural
A guide for countries in transition
The development of a national policy for the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions is a complex process. Currently, countries in transition, like many other countries, lack a legal framework for protecting traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions as intellectual property.
“Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore: A Guide for Countries in Transition” intends to provide information for policy-makers, heads of intellectual property offices, and other decision-makers in countries in transition, on issues they need to consider before putting a legal framework in place, if they decide to do so. It aims to raise awareness of existing methods for the legal protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, as well as to improve understanding of the interrelations, at international, regional and national levels, between the intellectual property system, on the one hand, and traditional knowledge/traditional cultural expressions and their implications for economic, social, cultural and technical development, on the other hand.