Regional co-operation in the protection of indigenous traditional knowledge within the IP-system

Enhanced co-operation on the Nordic level on the issues of Intellectual Property and protection of indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge

OKM057:00/2020 Development

The Finnish Presidency of Nordic Council of Ministers in co-operation with the Sami Parliament and a number of Nordic stakeholders offered space for dialogue on issues relating to protection of Nordic indigenous peoples traditional knowledge. A conference was organised Nov 11 to launch co-operation in these common issues. The work does not have a direct link with the negotiations of the IGC-committee at the World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO. Norway continues the work during 2022.

Basic information In progress

Project number OKM057:00/2020

Case numbers VN/16063/2020

Set by Ministry of Education and Culture

Term/schedule 1.1.2021 – 31.12.2023

Date of appointment 12.10.2020

Goals and results

The aim is to improve co-operation in relation to the protection of indigenous peoples´ traditional knowledge and intellectual property at the Nordic level; the aim is to improve the protection of the traditional knowledge of the Sámi / Nordic indigenous peoples in practice by commissioning studies, developing best practices and training on the subject.

Summary

The Finnish Presidency of Nordic Council of Ministers in co-operation with the Sami Parliament and a number of Nordic stakeholders offered space for dialogue on issues relating to protection of Nordic indigenous peoples traditional knowledge. A conference was organised Nov 11 to launch co-operation in these common issues. The work does not have a direct link with the negotiations of the IGC-committee at the World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO. Norway continues the work during 2022.

Starting points

The Sámi live in the area of three Nordic countries (and Russia). Cooperation is important to ensure the protection of other indigenous peoples', such as the Greenland Inuit' traditional knowledge. Nordic co-operation has a long history in the field of intellectual property rights and cultural heritage protection. As a first step, the possibilities for protection offered by current legislation should be explored.

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