The term “traditional knowledge” is used here as shorthand for the entire field of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions.
Negotiations are currently underway in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore towards the development of an international legal instrument or instruments for the effective protection of traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge, and to address the intellectual property aspects of access to and benefit-sharing in genetic resources.
Genetic material, which are any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin containing functional units of heredity, of actual or potential value.
A living body of knowledge that is developed, sustained and passed on from generation to generation within a community, often forming part of its cultural or spiritual identity.
Traditional Cultural Expressions
Forms in which traditional culture is expressed; passed down from generation to generation, they form part of the identity and heritage of a traditional or indigenous community.
Intergovernmental Committee (IGC)
All information related to the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.
Resources and Capacity Building
Capacity-building activities and publications and studies, databases and background briefs.
Information specifically relating to indigenous peoples and local communities.
- The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Draft Articles (Rev. 2) (May 16, 2013)
- Twenty-Fifth Session of the IGC - July 15 to 24, 2013 (May 2, 2013)
- Decisions of the Twenty-Fourth Session of the IGC - April 22 to 26, 2013 (May 1, 2013)
- New Information Briefs and Booklet on TK (Jul 19, 2012)