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Venezuela prioritizes the protection of indigenous cultural heritage

The country reiterated its commitment at the Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland

During its participation in the Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge, Venezuela reiterated its commitment to the protection of the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and communities.

The information was shared in the web portal of the Autonomous Service of Intellectual Property (SAPI), an organization attached to the Ministry of National Commerce.

The meeting, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 13 to 24, brings together 200 delegates, including ministers of state and observers.

The Venezuelan delegation is led by Ambassador Alexander Yánez, who is accompanied by representatives of the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service (SAPI).

In his speech, the Venezuelan diplomat highlighted the country's commitment to "work with all the actors involved, to promote the protection of the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and communities, and avoid the granting of erroneous patents on biodiversity and traditional knowledge."

Rich in biodiversity and cradle of ancestral knowledge

In his speech this Monday, Yánez stated that “Venezuela, as a nation rich in biodiversity, and cradle of ancient traditional knowledge, recognizes the importance of this international legal instrument for the effective protection of intercultural heritage and indigenous peoples, as established by our “Magna Carta.”

For his part, WIPO Director General Daren Tang urged negotiators to combine passion with pragmatism to advance their work and to “adopt the same spirit of flexibility, conciliation and consensus that has led us to the “prelude to a truly historic agreement.”

During this meeting, the substantive articles of the negotiation text are reviewed, while the Preparatory Committee approved procedural aspects necessary for the Diplomatic Conference, including the draft Regulations and the administrative provisions and final clauses of the instrument.

The purpose of this international legal instrument is to provide “efficiency, transparency and quality to the patent system”, as well as to “prevent patents from being erroneously granted with respect to inventions that are not novel or do not involve inventive activity with respect to genetic resources.” and the traditional knowledge associated with them,” says WIPO on its website.

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