[A2k] Catherine Saez IPWatch: Advances on texts for TK and TCE protection at WIPO

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Mon Apr 7 11:11:07 PDT 2014

Progress for potential international instruments to  protect traditional
knowledge and folklore from misappropriation at WIPO?  Delegates agreed to
forward the revised texts for the consideration of the General Assembly in

On the main outcome of the TK and TCE sessions, IGC Vice-Chair Alexandra
Grazioli of Switzerland said that significant advances have been made on
both texts, but the main result is the introduction of a gradual approach
in the scope of protection of the instruments. Negotiators came to the
conclusion that different types of TK or TCEs cannot be covered in the same
way, so they created three categories. For instance, secret or sacred
knowledge should have one type of protection, widely diffused knowledge
"This is a new concept that needs to be considered by delegations but which
holds promises for the future," she told Intellectual Property Watch.
In the principles/preamble section of the latest revision, two new
paragraphs have been added. The first one includes the notion that the
protection of TCEs should contribute toward the promotion of innovation.
The second one recognises the value of the public domain and the need to
protect it for the sake of creativity and innovation.


Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
manon.ress at keionline.org, tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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