International Conference Concludes TKDL Can Prevent Misappropriation and Fuel Innovation
WIPO press release, 24 March 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Delegates attending the International Conference on the Utilization of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a Model for Protection of Traditional Knowledge widely agreed about the value of the TKDL to protect against misappropriation of traditional knowledge, as well as to enable further innovation. The Conference took place from 22-24 March 2011, in New Delhi, India, co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Participants heard from countries rich in traditional knowledge, such as Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Republic of Korea and Thailand. Speakers agreed on the need to protect traditional knowledge from misappropriation. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said the TKDL is an excellent example of a technical platform that can work alongside legislative frameworks. Noting that India’s TKDL could be a good model for others, he said WIPO is ready to facilitate international collaboration for countries which were interested in establishing their own TKDLs.

According to a related article by IP Watch, WIPO highlighted India’s success in creating a digital library of Indian traditional knowledge to prevent illegitimate patenting of its resources. But whether WIPO found a way to fit the Indian TKDL into the UN agency’s mission to protect and promote intellectual property rights was unclear, the article continues. Read the WIPO press release … Read a release from the UN News Centre … Read the IP Watch article: India, WIPO Connect on Traditional Knowledge Protection, With or Without Patents … Read an Intellectual Property Brief post: India’s Digital Library of Traditional Knowledge – a new tool in protecting indigenous rights