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  • WIPO IGC Diplomatic Conference on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

    In May 2024, WIPO will host a Diplomatic Conference on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge. This page includes some useful information about this process. We want to hear from anyone interested in international conversations on Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Intellectual Property (IP), especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples , Indigenous industry peak bodies, and IP or IK experts. Key updates: ... More
    Closed 3 May 2024
  • Scoping Study on Stand-alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge

    A Final Report on a scoping study into stand-alone legislation to protect Indigenous Knowledge is now available. The scoping study documents can all be downloaded here . This Final Report completes a scoping study overseen by the cross-department Indigenous Knowledge Working Group (IKWG) on potential elements of stand-alone legislation that would support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to protect and commercialise their Indigenous Knowledge... More
    Closed 9 November 2022
  • Enhance and Enable - Indigenous Knowledge Consultations 2021

    Our  Enhance and Enable Indigenous Knowledge Consultation Report 2021 is now available. This summarises stakeholder feedback and next steps. In our report, we are pleased to be able to feature the painting "Yuliyin Marradhal Yandhul" meaning Past, Present and Future created for IP Australia by Dalmarri Pty Ltd. In our 2021 consultations we sought feedback on four options to enhance Australia’s IP system to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to benefit from and... More
    Closed 31 May 2021
  • 2018-19 Indigenous Knowledge Consultations

    From September 2018 to 1 February 2019 IP Australia sought comments from stakeholders with an interest in how Indigenous Knowledge is protected, used and managed. Our aim was to identify policy options that relate to the IP responsibilities of IP Australia and help to promote the cultural integrity and economic potential of Indigenous Knowledge. More information can be found in our  consultation paper . A summary of the feedback we received in this consultation was released in... More
    Closed 1 February 2019
  • How should Australia protect Indigenous Knowledge?

    In 2012 IP Australia in conjunction with then Department of the Arts commenced consultations about the role of Australia’s intellectual property (IP) system in protecting indigenous knowledge. IP Australia published written submissions and case studies addressing the intersection between Indigenous Knowledge and IP; calling for outstanding submissions to be made by 31 January 2016. These submissions highlighted key issues. As the initial phase of work on IK for IP Australia, input from... More
    Closed 31 December 2016
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