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WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/17
ORIGINAL:English
DATE: June 21, 2002
 

WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION

GENEVA

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOLKLORE

Third Session

Geneva, June 13 to 21, 2002

REPORT

adopted by the Committee


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Paragraphs

INTRODUCTION 1 to 7
AGENDA ITEMS
     (see document WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/1)
          AGENDA ITEM 1: OPENING OF THE SESSION 8 to 9
          AGENDA ITEM 2: ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA 10 to 19
          AGENDA ITEM 3: ACCREDITATION OF CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS 20 to 30
          AGENDA ITEM 4: GENETIC RESOURCES 31 to 81
          AGENDA ITEM 5: TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE 82 to 266
          ITEM 6: FOLKLORE 267 to 294
          ITEM 7: FUTURE WORK 295 to 309
          ITEM 8: ADOPTION OF THE REPORT 310
          ITEM 9: CLOSING OF THE SESSION 311
ANNEX I LIST OF PARTICIPANTS and (Adobe PDF or MS-Word 97 formats)
ANNEX II POSITION OF THE AFRICAN GROUP

 

 

INTRODUCTION

1. Convened by the Director General in accordance with the decision of the WIPO General Assembly (see document WO/GA/26/10, paragraph 71), and of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee") at its second session (see document WIPO/GRTKF/IC/1/13, paragraph 176), the Committee held its third session in Geneva, from June 13 to 21, 2002.

2. The following States were represented at the meeting: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe (97). The European Community was also represented as a member of the Committee.

3. The following intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and secretariats took part as observers: The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO), Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), European Patent Organization (EPO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), General Secretariat of The Andean Community, International Labour Organization (ILO), Latin American Economic System (SELA), League of Arab States (LAS), Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), Organization of African Unity (OAU), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Secretariat of the Pacific Community, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), South Centre, Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Trade Organization (WTO) (21).

4. Representatives of the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took part as ad hoc observers: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Action Aid, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Berne Declaration, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), CropLife International, FARMPU - Inter and CECOTRAP - RCOGL, Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN), Health and Environment Program, Ibero-Latin-American Federation of Performers (FILAIE), Indian Movement Tupaj Amaru, Ingénieurs du Monde, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Environment Law Research Centre (IELRC), International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA), International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organization (IFRRO), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI), International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), International Publishers Association (IPA), International Seed Federation (FIS), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), SAAMI Council, Tulalip Tribes of Washington Governmental Affairs Department, World Conservation Union (IUCN), World Self Medication Industry (WSMI) (38).

5. A list of participants is provided as Annex I of this report.

6. Discussions were based on the following documents and information papers prepared or distributed by the Secretariat of WIPO (the Secretariat):

  • "Draft Agenda" (document WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/1 Prov.),
  • "Accreditation of Certain Non-Governmental Organizations" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/2),
  • "Structure of Proposed Database of Contractual Practices and Clauses Relating to Intellectual Property, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/4),
  • "Inventory of Traditional Knowledge-related Periodicals" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/5),
  • "Inventory of Existing Online Databases containing Traditional Knowledge Documentation Data" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/6),
  • "Review of Existing Intellectual Property Protection of Traditional Knowledge" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/7),
  • "Elements of a sui generis System for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/8),
  • "Traditional Knowledge - Operational Terms and Definitions" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/9),
  • "Final Report on National Experiences with the Legal Protection of Expressions of Folklore" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/10),
  • "Expressions of Folklore" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/11, submitted by the European Community and its Member States),
  • "Certain Decisions of the Sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/12, submitted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity),
  • "Report of the Thirty-First Session of the Committee of Experts of the Special Union for the International Patent Classification" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/13),
  • "Current Status on the Protection and Legislation of National Folklore in China" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/14, submitted by the Delegation of China),
  • "Position Paper of the African Group" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/15, submitted by the African Group), and
  • "Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights" (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/3/16, submitted by the European Community and its Member States).

7. This report summarizes the discussions without reflecting all the observations made nor necessarily following the chronological order of interventions.

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