Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions

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:

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Fluid Trade Marks

IP owners used to insist that their marks be used consistently. Now the most innovative companies are adopting fluid marks. Lisa Pearson explains how to ride the marketing wave without compromising your rights.

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The Copying of Vehicular Shapes

Prof Wim Alberts' pen has been at work. This time its nib is directed at the shapes of vehicles. Have you ever had anyone ask you whether you could start a toy business based on model cars, or create a car kit business, or how to describe a prize in a competition which is a car, or use models of famous cars in an amusement park for kids, or use a toy car in a promotional campaign for your business?

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Parallel Novels and the Re-imagining of Literary Notables by Follow-On Authors: Copyrights Issues When Characters Are First Created by Others

Goodreads.com is a website that is well-known to both authors and readers. Among the most interesting trends that one sees on that site is the publication of novels that draw characters from earlier literature and re-imagine them from a different perspective or within a different story. These "parallel novels" are created by "follow-on authors" who seek to reintroduce the public to characters with a new twist or from a new perspective. The technique used by follow-on authors is not in and of itself new- two of the top

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How To Protect and Benefit From Your Ideas

This booklet is intended to help individuals profit from their ideas. It is not T intended as a “do-ityourself” book which will allow you to do without the services of a lawyer. However, it is intended to provide you with basic information which will help you to decide whether or not to go to a lawyer in the first place, and which will help you to understand what the lawyer says to you if you do consult with a specific lawyer who specializes in the practice of intellectual property law.

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Intellectual Property Rights in the Middle East: A Cultural Perspective

An intentional and purposeful consequence of the West's dominance of international law over the past century has been to remove cultural, ideological, and religious content from the substantive discussion of transnational issues throughout the world. We have built our legal complex in the form of Roland Barthes's modernistic Eiffel Tower.
Barthes describes the Eiffel Tower as enabling a new type of intellectual endeavor: the structuralization of space in a manner that allows no real contact with its content.

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Intellectual property protection in China

The concept of Intellectual Property has drawn much more attention in the worldwide arena than before, and the protection of intellectual property all over
the world is now at a dynamic stage of transformation. With the international cooperation on science and technology and the development of economy and trade,
the legal protection of intellectual property is playing a more and more important role in society and is receiving even greater attention worldwide. But in the

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Geographical Indications

This publication provides an introduction to geographical indications (GIs), explaining their basic features, use and protection as an intellectual property right. Written for
non-experts, it is a starting point for readers seeking to learn more about the topic. While the publication focuses primarily on the protection of GIs as an intellectual
property right, it also addresses the economic and social dimensions of GIs and responds to the questions most frequently raised by policymakers, producers and other

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