Traditional knowledge (TK) is a living body of knowledge passed on from generation to generation within a community. It often forms part of a people’s cultural and spiritual identity. WIPO's program on TK also addresses traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and genetic resources (GRs).
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TK service areas
Facilitation of the work of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.
Information and technical assistance to regional and national authorities interested in establishing policies, strategies, action plans and legislation.
Information, services and programs to assist indigenous peoples and local communities to participate in WIPO’s activities.
Assisting Indigenous and local communities to make strategic and effective use of IP tools in their businesses.
Information, practical tools and training on the IP implications of the documentation, registration and digitization of TK and TCEs.
Information, practical tools and training related to the management of IP in genetic resources and genetic data.
Repository of regional, national and community experiences: laws, case-studies, general publications, distance learning courses.