WIPO Members Work Through Differences in Genetic Resources Document
IP Watch, 19 February 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) is meeting from 14-22 February 2012, focusing on genetic resources and with a mandate to find agreement on a single negotiating text. According to IP Watch, the process is constructive but a sharp divide remains on several topics, including: referring to intellectual property rights in general or only to patents; inclusion or not of derivatives of genetic resources, mirroring the difficulties in the negotiation of the CBD Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing; and mandatory disclosure of origin in patent applications. Read the article … Visit the meeting’s website …