Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): Twentieth Session
14-22 February 2012 (Geneva, Switzerland)

This session will continue negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, with focus on intellectual property and genetic resources. According to a report by IGC Chair Philip Richard Owade, key pending issues include:

  • the “defensive protection” of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, referring to avoiding the granting of erroneous patents and the possible disqualification of patent applications that do not comply with obligations related to prior informed consent, mutually agreed terms, fair and equitable benefit-sharing, and disclosure of origin; and
  • how could the IP system support the implementation of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including a possible disclosure requirement.

The meeting will also discuss a draft study on participation of observers in the IGC work, drafted by the WIPO Secretariat, which addresses several issues of relevance to the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the work of the IGC. The theme of the indigenous panel, to be held on 14 February 2012, is “Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Community Perspectives on Access and Benefit-Sharing”. Visit the meeting’s website, including links to documents …

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