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September 3rd, 2019 / Inventa International

Traditional Knowledge (TK) is, in accordance to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “a living body of knowledge passed on from generation to generation within a community”. Traditional Knowledge is the know-how, skills and practices developed within a community, forming part of its cultural identity, which is passed through generations.

Despite the fact that there is still not an accepted definition of Traditional Knowledge, it is possible to ascertain that it embraces the knowledge itself as well as the traditional and cultural expressions, in which distinctive signs and symbols associated with TK are included, and that it is the result of an intellectual activity in a traditional context.

Traditional Knowledge may be found in several contexts, including agriculture, science or even medicine. There are no limits to the possibilities and the knowledge passed on within generations and it can be an example to the modern society. Indeed, there are several examples of Traditional Knowledge, particularly in Africa. Read more …