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2024 WIPO Diplomatic Conference on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

Geneva, May 13-24, 2024

WIPO will host the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude an International Legal Instrument Relating to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources at its Geneva headquarters from May 13 to 24, 2024. The Diplomatic Conference represents the final stage of negotiations before the adoption of an international legal instrument.

The future instrument aims to enhance the efficacy, transparency, and quality of the patent system, and prevent patents from being granted erroneously for inventions that are not novel or inventive with regard to genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.

In preparation for the Diplomatic Conference, two meetings were held in the second half of 2023. The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) met in a Special Session and agreed on a number of revisions to the substantive articles of the text. The Preparatory Committee of the Diplomatic Conference approved of the necessary modalities of the Diplomatic Conference, including the draft rules of procedure and administrative provisions and final clauses for the instrument.

  • WIPO General Assembly Decision on the Diplomatic Conference PDF, WIPO General Assembly Decision on the Diplomatic Conference
  • Basic Proposal for an International Legal Instrument Relating to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources PDF, Basic Proposal for an International Legal Instrument
  • Executive Summary: Basic Proposal for an International Legal Instrument on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge PDF, Executive Summary: Basic Proposal for an International Legal Instrument on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge
  • Diplomatic Conference Timeline PDF, Diplomatic Conference Timeline
  • Questions and Answers on Procedural and Legal Aspects PDF, Questions and Answers on Procedural and Legal Aspects

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