World Intellectual Property Organization

Publications, Studies and Documents

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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
    Arabic PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS, Arabic | Chinese PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS, Chinese | English PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS | French PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS, French | Russian PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS, Russian | Spanish PDF, IP & Genetic Resources, TK and TCS, Spanish
  • Traditional Knowledge & Indigenous Peoples
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights

Background Briefs

  • Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
    Arabic PDF, TK Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, TK Brief, Chinese | English PDF, TK Brief | French PDF, TK Brief, French | Russian PDF, TK Brief, Russian | Spanish PDF, TK Brief, Spanish
  • The Intergovernmental Committee
    Arabic PDF, IGC Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, IGC Brief, Chinese | English PDF, IGC Brief | French PDF, IGC Brief, French | Russian PDF, IGC Brief, Russian | Spanish PDF, IGC Brief, Spanish
  • Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs
    Arabic PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief, Chinese | English PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief | French PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief, French | Russian PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief, Russian | Spanish PDF, Developing a National Strategy Brief, Spanish
  • IP and Arts Festivals
    Arabic PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief, Chinese | English PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief | French PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief, French | Russian PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief, Russian | Spanish PDF, IP and Arts Festivals Brief, Spanish
  • IP and Handicrafts
    Arabic PDF, IP and Handicrafts Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, IP and Handicrafts, Chinese | English PDF, IP and Handicrafts | French PDF, IP and Handicrafts, French | Russian PDF, IP and Handicrafts, Russian | Spanish PDF, IP and Handicrafts, Spanish
  • IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge
    Arabic PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief, Arabic | Chinese PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief, Chinese | English PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief | French PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief, French | Russian PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief, Russian | Spanish PDF, IP and Traditional Medical Knowledge Brief, Spanish
  • Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge
    Arabic PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge, Arabic | Chinese PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge, Arabic | English PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge | French PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge, French   Russian PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge, Russian | Spanish PDF, Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge, Spanish
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs
    Arabic PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, Arabic | Chinese PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, Chinese |English PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, English | French PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, French|  Russian PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, Russian | Spanish PDF, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to IP and TK, TCEs and GRs, Spanish
  • Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
    Arabic PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Arabic | Chinese PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Chinese | English PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, English |  French PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, French | Russian  PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Russian | Spanish PDF, Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Spanish

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
  • Note on the Meanings of the Term "Public Domain" in the Intellectual Property System with Special Reference to the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore PDF, Note on the Meanings of the Term "Public Domain" in the Intellectual Property System with Special Reference to the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore
  • The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions: Draft Gap Analysis PDF, The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions: Draft Gap Analysis
  • The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Draft Gap Analysis: Revision PDF, The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Draft Gap Analysis: Revision 
  • Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore: A Guide for Countries in Transition

Access, Benefit-Sharing and Disclosure

  • Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization
    (Arabic PDF, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing | Chinese PDF, Chinese, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing | English PDF, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing | French PDF, French, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing | Russian PDF, Russian, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing | Spanish PDF, Spanish, Draft Intellectual Property Guidelines for Access and Equitable Benefit-Sharing)
  • 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

IP 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 the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts
  • 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 Law

  • 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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