The tensions between IP law and indigenous rights continue

International discussions on how best to safeguard indigenous rights continue in heated fashion. This year the debate included the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues calling on WIPO to afford greater recognition of indigenous peoples in its decision-making processes and respect for their right to safeguard, preserve or promote traditional resources as they see fit. Similar tensions are being played out at jurisdiction level, with the latest developments in New Zealand providing an example of the challenges posed by trying to protect indigenous rights in existing IP frameworks.

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