The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), has continued to advance its current mandate to negotiate the text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) relating to intellectual property which will ensure the balanced and effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. A key area of opportunity for the IGC is contained within the growing number of countries that are developing and implementing national frameworks for the protection of traditional knowledge.
Against this backdrop, this expert panel will examine lessons, opportunities and challenges for the IGC arising from the trends of national experiences with the protection of traditional knowledge. The panel will feature academics, industry experts, Indigenous peoples and policy makers sharing their experiences and research with a specific focus on what opportunities and lessons it provides for the IGC across a varied range of issues being considered, such as patent revocation, benefit sharing, definitions and scope.
As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.
Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.