The European Union and its Member States recognise the importance of the work carried out by the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).
The EU and its Member States believe that this year’s discussions on Genetic Resources have undoubtedly been fruitful and interesting. The EU and its Member States made significant and constructive contributions to these discussions. This included confirmation of a concrete proposal on patent disclosure requirement in relation to genetic resources, which would contain certain safeguards, as a disclosure requirement which discouraged, undermined, or created legal uncertainty in the patent system would not be in anybody's best interest.
In relation to Traditional Knowledge, we note that a significant number of issues of fundamental importance need to be resolved. In this regard we would like to recall our proposal for terms of reference for a study of national experiences and domestic legislation and initiatives recently adopted in relation to the protection of Traditional Knowledge in order to provide a solid basis for our discussions. We look forward to the next session of the IGC in November on this subject matter, which will be preceded by a seminar.