The objective of this booklet is to offer general and basic information on the interface between intellectual property (IP) and traditional knowledge (TK), traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), and genetic resources (GRs). It briefly addresses the most important questions that arise when considering the role that IP principles and systems can play in protecting TK and TCEs from misappropriation, and in generating and equitably sharing benefits from their commercialization, and the role of IP in access to and benefit-sharing in GRs.
It covers such issues as:
> What are TK, TCEs and GRs?
>Why provide IP protection to TK,
TCEs and GRs?
>What does âprotectionâ mean?
>Who should benefit from the IP
protection of TK and TCEs?
> And many others