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Professor Suthersanen discusses genetic resources and traditional Knowledge for WIPO

Professor Uma Suthersanen  was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to join the Ad Hoc Experts’ Committee for the 46th inter-governmental committee meeting on traditional knowledge (and associated genetic resources) and traditional cultural expressions.

Image [from L to R]: Mr. Akindeji Adenipo Aremu (Permanent Mission of Nigeria to UN); Professor Graham Dutfield (Univ of Leeds/QMIPRI Fellow); Prof Chidi Oguamanam (Univ of Ottawa/representing Nigeria and the African Group); Professor Suthersanen (CCLS/ representing QMIPRI); Mr. Christoph Spennemann (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property)

She then participated in the Plenary Sessions for the IGC from 26 February to 2 March 2023 in Geneva; QMIPRI holds an official observer status at WIPO. Professor Suthersanen has previously written in this area (with Graham Dutfield) advocating a legal-geography and human rights based approach to the protection of traditional knowledge and related genetic resources.

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Uma Suthersanen is Professor of Global Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) at Queen Mary University of London.



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