Monday, 29 August 2011

Protection of traditional knowledge - share and protect

Lima, will be the place to be if you want to discuss and analyze the protection of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples. Representatives from 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC) will meet on 1-2 September in the seminar "Successful Experiences in Implementing Tools for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge."

Peru will participate through Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protecction de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI) explaining the experience that the institution has by promoting the registration of collective knowledge of indigenous people. They do for example prevent the granting of patent for inventions based on traditional knowledge and/or genetic resources. They do mention other types of protection out there such as: the classic systems of intellectual property, “sui generis" protection and preservation through organizations and government/institutions and public-private partnerships, databases and information systems, treaties and conventions.

Representatives will share their experiences from China, Thailand, Mexico, New Zealand, USA, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. In addition, non-member economies of APEC will also participate such as Brazil, India and Panama, who have policies and systems with relevant protection.


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