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Africa's traditional knowledge to be protected.

The UN body that is mandated to protect intellectual property worldwide has backed the adoption by a number of African States of a new legal instrument that seeks to protect the continent's traditional knowledge and folklore. The new legislation, agreed in Swakopmund, Namibia, by member states of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (Aripo), is designed to preserve and protect the use of Africa's diverse knowledge systems and cultures for the continent's sustainable development.

Following ratification by the 17 Aripo member states, the Swakopmund Protocol will come into force as a response to the misappropriation and misuse of the continents traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. It has been endorsed by the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation whose Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore is working towards the development of a legal instrument for the effective protection of Africa's traditional knowledge.

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Title Annotation:Intellectual Property
Comment:Africa's traditional knowledge to be protected.(Intellectual Property)
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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