In 2008, The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) commissioned two gap analyses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore (TCEs/EoF) and traditional knowledge (TK).
In 2017, the WIPO General Assembly requested the Secretariat to “update the 2008 gap analyses on the existing protection regimes related to TK and TCEs.” They were published and distributed as working documents:
During the intersessional review process established by the IGC, WIPO received written comments from IGC members and accredited observers on the consultation drafts on traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge . These comments were taken into account in the preparation of the working documents.
WIPO member states and observers
|Member State / Observer||Traditional Cultural Expressions||Traditional Knowledge|
|United States of America|