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New handbook on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

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  • shaji john
    Darius Cuplinskas wrote:To: BytesForAll From: Darius Cuplinskas Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 11:46:38 +0200 Subject: [bytesforall_readers] new
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 19, 2003

      Darius Cuplinskas <cuplinsk@...> wrote:
      To: "BytesForAll"
      From: "Darius Cuplinskas"
      Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 11:46:38 +0200
      Subject: [bytesforall_readers] new handbook on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

      A new handbook on traditional/indigenous knowledge has just been published.
      Below is a brief description:


      Traditional knowledge holders often stand outside the fold of
      intellectual property rights and are negatively affected by
      them. The AAAS [American Association for the Advancement of Science]
      Science and Human Rights Program has created a handbook
      that makes intellectual property issues and protection
      options more understandable and readily available for traditional
      knowledge holders, human rights NGOs, and legal professionals.

      Its goal is to help local communities understand and identify
      potential protection mechanisms already present in the current
      intellectual property rights regime that may be applied to their
      knowledge. For communities that do not wish to participate in the IP
      regime, it offers suggestions and options to avoid inappropriate claims
      on their knowledge by others.

      In addition to introducing intellectual property concepts, this handbook
      contains a series of exercises to help the user to identify and classify
      types of knowledge, cultural aspects, and community goals related to
      knowledge claims. Through a series of exercises, it is possible for
      knowledge holders to identify whether or not specific intellectual property
      protection options are relevant and/or appropriate for their knowledge.

      An electronic version of the handbook in PDF format is now available for
      download at: http://shr.aaas.org/tek/handbook/

      Print copies will be available in the coming weeks for a nominal fee to
      cover printing and shipping charges. Check the handbook web site
      (above) for availability and ordering information.

      For more information, contact Stephen Hansen at shansen@...

      Stephen A. Hansen
      Project Director
      Science & Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (SIPPI)
      American Association for the Advancement of Science
      1200 New York Ave., NW
      Washington, DC 20005 USA
      Tel: (202) 326-6796
      Fax: (202) 289-4950
      email: shansen@...
      WWW: http://shr.aaas.org
      WWW: http://sippi.aaas.org

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