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Native American Tribes' & Nations' Rights to Their Intellectual Property
Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
MAR 3, 2016
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

Indigenous peoples and nations have a wealth of knowledge and resources related to their traditional ways of life. That is found in traditional knowledge, Folklore and in genetic resources which are extremely valuable to the communities and, with the advent of the knowledge economy, increasingly valuable to non-indigenous communities and corporations. However, this increased interest in traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources has increased the risk, the perception and the reality of the misappropriation of indigenous knowledge, ranging from biopiracy to cultural misappropriation, to denigration and misuse of indigenous cultural icons and sacred knowledge. In many case, misappropriation is enabled by the mainstream intellectual property system through patenting, or copyright or trademarks. In order to combat this, indigenous peoples and nations have sought to vindicate their rights both at the domestic level and in international bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Native American groups have played an important role in these efforts and the lecture will discuss the nature of the domestic and international challenges that Native American tribes face in claiming rights to their intellectual property, including traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and genetic resources.
Speaker Information
Preston Hardison
Policy Analyst for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Professor Preston Hardison is a natural resources treaty rights policy analyst for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. He has participated in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 1996, and participated in the discussions and negotiations on access and benefit sharing for genetic resources from 2000 to 2010. For the last two years, he was selected as one of the lead indigenous negotiators of what is now known as the Nagoya Protocol.

Mr. Hardison has authored a paper on traditional knowledge registers and coauthored a paper on the role of customary law in access and benefit sharing for the Secretariat of the CBD. He has served on the Ad Hoc Informal Advisory Body for the Clearinghouse Mechanism of the CBD since 1997, and has participated in the development of several biodiversity information networks and a tribal traditional knowledge database system.
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