In 2008, The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) commissioned two gap analyses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore (TCEs/EoF) and traditional knowledge (TK).
These were prepared as consultation drafts, and, following an intersessional review process, published and distributed as working documents:
During the intersessional review process established by the IGC, WIPO received written comments from IGC members and accredited observers on the consultation drafts on traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge . These comments were taken into account in the preparation of the working documents.
WIPO Member States and Observers
|Member State / Observer||Traditional Cultural Expressions||Traditional Knowledge|
|United States of America|
IGC Accredited Observers
|IGC Observer||Traditional Cultural Expressions||Traditional Knowledge|
|Arts Law Centre of Australia|
|Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)||-|
|International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)||-|
|International Publishers Association (IPA)||-|