Traditional Knowledge

The expression “traditional knowledge” is a shorter form of “traditional knowledge, innovations and practices.” It includes a broad range of subject matter, for example traditional agricultural, biodiversity-related and medicinal knowledge and folklore.

The WIPO 1985 “Model Provisions for National Laws on the Protection of Expressions of Folklore Against Illicit Exploitation and Other Prejudicial Actions” define folklore as “productions consisting of characteristic elements of the traditional artistic heritage developed and maintained by a community or by individuals reflecting the traditional artistic expectations of such a community.” The protection of traditional knowledge (“TK”) is progressively taking center-stage in global discussions concerning intellectual property and trade.

LINKS to resources on TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE (Indigenous Knowledge, TK)