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Protecting Traditional Knowledge – Does Secrecy Offer a Solution?


Lee-ann Tong


University of Cape Town (UCT)

December 10, 2010

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2010

Abstract:     
The shortcomings of using the intellectual property system to safeguard the interests of traditional knowledge holders have received considerable attention. Laws that guard against the disclosure of secret traditional knowledge to non-community members may offer a low-cost and accessible way for traditional communities to prevent the misappropriation of their traditional knowledge. This paper reviews the concerns that may arise when holders of traditional knowledge attempt to rely on claiming unfair competition and contract laws to protect their traditional knowledge.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Traditional knowledge, TRIPS Agreement, unfair competition, confidential information, secrecy

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Date posted: March 1, 2011  

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Tong, Lee-ann, Protecting Traditional Knowledge – Does Secrecy Offer a Solution? (December 10, 2010). Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1772534

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Lee-ann Tong (Contact Author)
University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )
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Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa
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