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Is Traditional Knowledge Intellectual Property?
GIMPA Law Review (2015)
  • Alex Ansong
Traditional Knowledge (TK) has become one of the areas of increasing interest in national and international forums, and in academia in recent years. Issues of protection of TK from extinction and piracy have become important agendas. One of the areas of increased attention in this direction is the possible extension of intellectual property rights (IPRs) regimes to cover TK and the connection between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Other sui generis forms of TK protection have also been explored and implemented by some countries. The article undertakes a conceptual analysis of IPRs and TK and analyses the similarities and differences between these two and the possibility of bringing TK under the rubric of IPRs.
  • Traditional knowledge,
  • intellectual property,
  • piracy
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Alex Ansong, ‘Is Traditional Knowledge Intellectual Property?', GIMPA Law Review, (2015) 1, pp.106-129