Intellectual Property and Traditional Handicrafts
WIPO Background Brief no. 5, April 2013

This brief identifies practical, accessible and often community-based means of using the existing intellectual property system for the effective recognition, protection, management, marketing and commercialization of traditional handicrafts as cultural and economic assets. Download the brief [pdf] …

Intellectual Property and Traditional Medical Knowledge
WIPO Background Brief no. 6, April 2013

This brief focuses on IP protection of traditional medical knowledge; it does not deal with the associated genetic resources, which cannot be directly protected by intellectual property but are subject to access and benefit-sharing regulations. The brief presents legislative and practical options for protecting traditional medical knowledge through conventional IP rights, sui generis systems and documentation, as well as other options including customary laws and practices, and contractual agreements.  Download the brief [pdf] …