WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: Twenty-Fifth Session
15-24 July 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland)

In line with its mandate, the WIPO IGC will continue text-based negotiations on an international instrument(s) on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. This session will focus on traditional cultural expressions. It will also review and take stock of the text(s) of the international legal instrument(s) ensuring the effective protection of traditional cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and genetic resources, and make a recommendation to the WIPO General Assembly. On the occasion of IGC 25, the indigenous panel, entitled “Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on intellectual property protection for traditional cultural expressions: beneficiaries, subject matter, rights, and exceptions,” will take place on 15 July 2013. A live webcast of the IGC 25 proceedings, including the indigenous panel, will be made available on the WIPO website. Visit the meeting’s webpage, including links to background documents … Download the report of the Indigenous Expert Workshop on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions, organized by the WIPO Secretariat in cooperation with SPFII [pdf] … Download the draft articles on the protection of traditional cultural expressions [pdf] … Further information on the indigenous panel … Follow the live webcast …