The Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Issues for the Administration of the Intellectual Property System

Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Private Event: Workshop

As part of efforts to advance a mutual appreciation of views, and to foster common understanding of core technical aspects of the ongoing negotiations within the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will host a policy retreat on the eve of the Thirty-Fourth Session of the IGC. The retreat will focus on the administration of IP rights and issues arising from the grant of exclusive property rights in TK and TCEs. Additionally, the discussions will examine implications for patent offices of a mandatory international disclosure requirement.

The retreat will take place on June 11, 2017, at the Mandarin Hotel, Geneva, from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Participation in the event is by invitation only and the discussions will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

CIGI, located in Waterloo, Canada, is an independent, non-partisan think-tank established in 2001 with an objective and uniquely global perspective. CIGI’s research, policy analyses, and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy making.

Event Speakers

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.