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 twenty-eighth session of the IGC (July 7 to 9, 2014) will be a cross-cutting session on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The IGC will also take stock of progress and make a recommendation to the General Assembly.

Key background materials

  • IGC Mandate 2014/2015 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 WIPO IGC
  • Background brief No. 3: Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs PDF, Background brief on Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs
  • Background brief No. 7: Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge PDF, Background brief on Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge
  • Background brief No. 9: Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Background brief on Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources: Certain suggested cross-cutting issues (AR PDF, المعارف التقليدية وأشكال التعبير الثقافي التقليدي والموارد الوراثية: بعض القضايا المتداخلة المقترحة - | EN PDF, Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources: Certain suggested cross-cutting issues | RU PDF, Традиционные знания, традиционные выражения культуры и генетические ресурсы:
    некоторые предлагаемые сквозные вопросы | ZH PDF, 传统知识、传统文化表现形式和遗传资源: 建议讨论的若干跨领域问题)

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 28 took place at:
WIPO Headquarters (Room AB 13.1) on June 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

  • Presentation slides PDF, Presentation slides of the IGC informal information session

View the video of the June 18 session.

Preparation kits of previous IGC sessions

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