Patent protection for indigenous knowledge systems

Traditional knowledge of indigenous socieities is increasingly utilized by the biotechnology industry, with little or no returns to the indigenous people themselves. Defense against such "biopiracy" can benefit everyone.

"Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database" (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Transforming Traditional Knowledge into Trade Secrets (Joseph Henry Vogel)

Common Property Rights: An Alternative to IPRs (Vandana Shiva)

Conserving Indigenous Knowledge - Integrating New Systems of Integration (Civil Society Division of the United Nations Development Programme)

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