International Conference Calls for Concrete Outcomes on TK, GRs & TCEs
WIPO press release, 13 November 2009

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: An international conference on traditional knowledge was held on 13 November 2009, in New Delhi, India, organized by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with WIPO and the Government of India. The conference addressed the state of play in international protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions; and national and community experiences in effective protection of TK and TCEs. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said ongoing WIPO negotiations need to be approached in a constructive manner with a sense of pragmatism. At the international level, solutions must be found at a level of generality that allows national jurisdictions the flexibility to operate. Gurry applauded India’s achievements in establishing frameworks to protect its ancient traditional knowledge systems, such as the “Indian Systems of Medicine” initiative which covers traditional healthcare systems and medicine. He also noted the enactment of legislative protections for traditional knowledge and genetic resources (Biological Diversity Act 2002; Patents (Amendment) Act 2005) and the establishment of a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to supplement these laws. Read the press release …