An International Instrument to Protect Traditional Knowledge: Is Perpetual Protection a Good Idea?

26 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2010 Last revised: 26 Feb 2014

J. Janewa OseiTutu

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

The World Intellectual Property Organization has been tasked with creating an international legal instrument to protect traditional knowledge. One of the more contentious issues in the traditional knowledge debate is the term of protection. This paper uses an “instrumentalist” approach to assess the benefit of a perpetual traditional knowledge right for developing countries and indigenous peoples.

Keywords: intellectual property, traditional knowledge, TRIPs, developing countries, WIPO, patents, copyright, term of protection, limitations, international intellectual property system, international intellectual property law

Suggested Citation

OseiTutu, J. Janewa, An International Instrument to Protect Traditional Knowledge: Is Perpetual Protection a Good Idea? (June 2013). IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 50, No. 4, 2010; Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1561935

Julia Janewa OseiTutu (Contact Author)

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