World Intellectual Property Organization

Traditional Knowledge: Publications, Studies and Documents

General Information

  • Glossary of Key Terms related to IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • Intellectual Property Needs and Expectations of Traditional Knowledge Holders (WIPO Report on Fact-Finding Missions)
  • Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions – An Overview
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  • Traditional Knowledge & Indigenous Peoples
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights
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Salasaca children in Ecuador
(UN Photo/Milton Grant)

Background briefs

Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions

  • List and Brief Technical Explanation of Various Forms in which Traditional Knowledge May be Found PDF, List and Brief Technical Explanation of Various Forms in which Traditional Knowledge May be Found
  • Minding Culture: Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Minding Culture: Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • Consolidated Analysis of the Legal Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore
  • National Experiences with the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore - India, Indonesia, the Philippines

Access, Benefit-Sharing and Disclosure

  • Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization
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  • Technical Study on Disclosure Requirements in Patent Systems Related to Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge
  • WIPO-UNEP Study on the Role of Intellectual Property Rights in the Sharing of Benefits Arising from the Use of Biological Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge
  • Draft Examination of Issues Regarding the Interrelation of Access to Genetic Resources and Disclosure Requirements in Intellectual Property Rights Applications

Intellectual Property Management

  • Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures – Legal Issues and Practical Options for Museums, Libraries and Archives
  • WIPO Traditional Knowledge Documentation Toolkit
  • Intellectual Property and Folk, Arts and Cultural Festivals – A Practical Guide
  • Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts: The Role of Intellectual Property PDF, Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts: The Role of Intellectual Property
  • Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge PDF, Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge

Customary Laws

  • Customary Law, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property: An Outline of the Issues
  • Customary Law in the Protection of Traditional Knowledge - Regional Study in the Andean Countries
  • Customary Law in ABS and TK Governance: Perspectives from Andean and Pacific Island Countries

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