World Intellectual Property Organization

Practical Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on IP and Traditional Knowledge

Geneva, December 4 to 6, 2013

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a Practical Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (collectively referred to for ease of reference as “traditional knowledge”), in Geneva, from December 4 to 6, 2013.

Objectives

The objectives of the Practical Workshop were:

  • impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property (IP) system from a traditional knowledge (TK) perspective, emphasizing both the potential value that IP could bring in support of TK protection and the gaps within the IP system that might need to be filled;
  • explain the rationale, objectives and methodology of the negotiations that are taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore;
  • raise awareness of the available IP tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of TK.

Participants

The Workshop included thirteen participants from each of the 7 geo-cultural regions recognized by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, who were selected based on the following criteria:

  • be an active member of an Indigenous Peoples’ organization/NGO or local community;
  • be nominated in writing by his/her Indigenous Peoples’ organization/NGO or community;
  • have suitable experience in international meetings and processes;
  • be able to speak either English, Spanish, French or Russian;
  • have motivated his/her interest in participating in the Practical Workshop; and,
  • have formulated his/her readiness to share information gathered and experiences gained at the Workshop with members of his/her own People or community and other Indigenous Peoples and local communities afterwards.

The Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mr. Kanyinke Sena was invited to join the Workshop.

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