Nordic co-operation in intellectual property and traditional knowledge

Enhanced co-operation in the Nordic countries on the issues of Intellectual Property and protection of indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge

OKM057:00/2020 Development

The Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers focuses on the need for increased co-operation between the Nordic countries to protect Nordic indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expressions and intellectual property. A conference will be organised to launch co-operation in these common issues. The work does not have a direct link with the negotiations of the IGC-committee at the World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO.

Basic information In progress

Project number OKM057:00/2020

Set by Ministry of Education and Culture

Term/schedule 1.1.2021 – 31.12.2023

Date of appointment 12.10.2020

Contact person
Anna Vuopala, HALLITUSNEUVOS
tel. +358 295 330 331
[email protected]

Goals and results

The aim is to improve co-operation at the Nordic level in relation to the protection of indigenous peoples´ traditional knowledge and intellectual property; the aim is to improve the protection of the traditional knowledge of the Sámi / Nordic indigenous peoples in practice by commissioning studies, developing best practices and training on the subject.

Summary

The Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers focuses on the need for increased co-operation between the Nordic countries to protect Nordic indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expressions and intellectual property. A conference will be organised to launch co-operation in these common issues. The work does not have a direct link with the negotiations of the IGC-committee at the World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO.

Starting points

The Sámi live in the area of three Nordic countries (and Russia). Cooperation is important to ensure the protection of other indigenous peoples', such as the Greenland Inuit' traditional knowledge. Nordic co-operation has a long history in the field of intellectual property rights and cultural heritage protection. As a first step, the possibilities for protection offered by current legislation should be explored.

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Conference on protection of Nordic Indigenous traditional knowledge and intellectual property

Ministry of Education and Culture Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Event