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E WIPO/GRTKF/IC/16/8 ORIGINAL: ENGLISH DATE: DECEMBER 10, 2010 Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore Sixteenth Session May 3 to 7, 2010, Geneva REPORT prepared by the Secretariat
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WIPO/GRTKF/IC/16/8 2 INTRODUCTION 1 Convened by the Director General of WIPO, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (“the Committee”) held its sixteenth session in Geneva, from May 3 to 7, 2010. 2 The following States were represented: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Belgium, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe (106). The European Union and its 27 Member States was also represented as a member of the Committee and Palestine participated as an observer. 3 The following intergovernmental organizations (“IGOs”) took part as observers: African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Benelux Organization for Intellectual Property (BOIP), Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), European Patent Office (EPO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, South Centre, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) (16). 4 Representatives of the following non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) took part as observers: American Folklore Society; American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL); Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI);
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