The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) is, with its mandate , undertaking text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching agreement on a text (or texts) of an international legal instrument (or instruments) which will ensure the effective protection of TK, TCEs and GRs. The most recent drafts are:
- The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions: Draft Articles (Jul 13, 2012)
- The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Draft Articles (Rev. 2) (May 14, 2013)
- Consolidated Document Relating to Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources (Feb 8, 2013)
- [Archive of draft provisions/articles]
Sessions of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee commence with indigenous panels - presentations by a panel of representatives of indigenous and local communities.
Participating in the IGC
Information on accreditation of observers and financial support to participants through the WIPO Voluntary Fund.
Observer document submissions on the protection of TK, TCEs and GRs.
Key Issues, Gap Analyses and Consultations
Ongoing and archived consultations of IGC members and accredited observers.
Key issues and gap analyses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.