Traditional Knowledge Background Briefs

This series of short, accessible briefs provides background information on the different issues and topics relating to intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.

WIPO/PUB/TK/10/EN

Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources
Background Brief - No. 10

Publication year: 2016

This Brief introduces intellectual property issues related to genetic resources under discussion in WIPO.

WIPO/PUB/TK/9/EN

Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
Background Brief - No. 9

Publication year: 2016

This Brief describes the main objectives of documenting traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, the intellectual property issues that may arise and options for addressing them.

WIPO/PUB/TK/8/EN

Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources
Background Brief - No. 8

Publication year: 2016

This Brief introduces how alternative dispute resolution offers an alternative to formal court-based systems for tackling intellectual property disputes that may arise in relation to traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources.

WIPO/PUB/TK/7/EN

Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge
Background Brief - No. 7

Publication year: 2016

This Brief explores the issues concerning customary law, traditional knowledge and intellectual property.

WIPO/PUB/TK/6/EN

Intellectual Property and Traditional Medical Knowledge
Background Brief - No. 6

Publication year: 2016

This Brief introduces different options on intellectual property protection of traditional medical knowledge.

WIPO/PUB/TK/5/EN

Intellectual Property and Traditional Handicrafts
Background Brief - No. 5

Publication year: 2016

This Brief identifies practical, accessible and often community-based means of using the existing intellectual property system for the effective recognition, protection, management, marketing and commercialization of traditional handicrafts.

WIPO/PUB/TK/4/EN

Intellectual Property and Arts Festivals
Background Brief - No. 4

Publication year: 2016

This Brief introduces intellectual property consideration for arts festival organizers, to safeguard and promote their own interests and those of festival participants.

WIPO/PUB/TK/3/EN

Developing a National Strategy on Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
Background Brief - No. 3

Publication year: 2016

This Brief summarizes the legal, policy and operational issues that need to be considered in developing a national strategy for the intellectual property protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

WIPO/PUB/TK/2/EN

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore
Background Brief - No. 2

Publication year: 2016

This Brief provides background information on the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

WIPO/PUB/TK/1/EN

Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
Background Brief - No. 1

Publication year: 2016

This Brief provides general and basic information on the interface between intellectual property and traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources.