50th session of the Assemblies the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
1-9 October 2012 (Geneva, Switzerland)

At its annual meeting, the WIPO General Assembly reached agreement on the 2013 work programme for the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). The IGC will continue intensive negotiations and engagement in good faith, with appropriate representation, towards concluding the text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) which will ensure effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore. In 2013, the work of the IGC will be carried out through three thematic IGC sessions that will, in turn and in this order, address genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The first two sessions will be five days each. The third thematic session, on traditional cultural expressions, will be an eight-day session, as it will also include three days for Member States to review and take stock of the text(s) and make a recommendation to the General Assembly in 2013. The IGC is requested to submit to the 2013 General Assembly the text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) which will ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The 2013 General Assembly will take stock of and consider the text(s), progress made and decide on convening a Diplomatic Conference. While many delegates recognized that much work has been achieved, many others called for intensification of negotiations towards bridging remaining divergences. Read the WIPO press release … Download the decision on the IGC [pdf] … Read the IP Watch article on the meeting …

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