Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge

Ryan Abbot, M.D., J.D., M.T.O.M has prepared an interesting 52 page document titled Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge.

From the Executive Summary:

Many problems associated with the protection of traditional medical knowledge lack clear solutions.  In attempting to protect traditional medicine, traditional knowledge holders are confronted by a confusing and diverse group of national and international policies, regulatory systems designed primarily to accommodate pharmaceutical medicines, safety and efficacy concerns, and challenges to ownership.

This text is designed to assist traditional medical knowledge holders, government representatives and third-party collaborators to think about issues of intellectual property law specifically related to traditional medical knowledge. It is not intended to provide legal advice, but rather to help stimulate thinking about traditional knowledge and to provide illustrative case studies.

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