Canadian and International Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression Systems

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This report examines international and domestic laws and policies affecting traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expression (TCE). It begins with a survey of the most relevant international legal instruments. It then examines legal initiatives in other countries to assess insights they provide in addressing Aboriginal concerns about TK and TCE, and their potential for guiding future change, in Canada. Finally, the report discusses Canadian laws and practices relating to Aboriginal concerns about protecting TK and TCE by assessing the various intellectual property rights' (IPR) laws usually seen as pertinent to Aboriginal concerns, along with laws and practices outside the IPR regime. Based on its discussion, the report concludes with legal and policy change suggestions aimed at more effective protection for Aboriginal TK and TCE in Canada.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-276
Number of pages86
JournalIntellectual Property Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Name - United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization

Copyright - Copyright Carswell Publishing Apr 2017

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Last updated - 2023-11-25

SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - Peru; Taiwan; Canada; United States--US; New Zealand

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