World Intellectual Property Organization

IGC Preparation Kit

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) meets several times a year in Geneva.

This page provides the most relevant documents and materials to help participants prepare for the next session – including for consultations with indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholders.

The thirtieth session of the IGC (May 30 to June 3, 2016) will address the theme of genetic resources.

A seminar on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources will be organized on May 26 and 27, 2016, prior to IGC 30.

Key background materials

  • IGC Mandate 2016/2017 PDF, Mandate of the IGC
  • Background brief No. 1: Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property PDF, Background brief on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
  • Background brief No. 2: The WIPO IGC PDF, Background brief on the IGC
  • Background brief No. 3: Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs PDF, Background brief on develoment of national strategy on IP, TK, TCEs and GRs
  • Background brief No. 9: Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Background brief on documentation of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions

Informal information session

At preparatory informal information sessions, the WIPO secretariat provides member states' representatives in Geneva with information on the key issues under discussion at each upcoming IGC session, as well as on practical arrangements.

The informal information session for IGC 30 took place at WIPO Headquarters on May 18, 2016.
  • Presentation slides PDF, Presentation slides of the IGC informal information session

VIDEO: May 18, 2016 informal information session.

Preparation kits of previous IGC sessions

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