WIPO Short Story Competition: Indigenous Ingenuity and Creativity

WIPO Short Story Competition: Indigenous Ingenuity and Creativity

WIPO Short Story Competition

The following was originally published and communicated through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website. IP Osgoode is not affiliated with this competition and will not be collecting submissions, choosing the winner, or sponsoring the prize. We are only interested in sharing this opportunity with our Indigenous students, colleagues, and partners.

DEADLINE: June 7, 2021 at midnight (Geneva, Switzerland time)

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day (April 26) and International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9), the Traditional Knowledge Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is launching a WIPO Short Story Competition on Indigenous Ingenuity and Creativity.

Background and Objectives

All over the world, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have developed a wealth of traditional knowledge, such as technical knowledge related to biodiversity, agriculture, climate change and health, and traditional cultural expressions, such as music, art, performances, architecture, crafts and designs. The intellectual property system does not provide solutions to all the challenges IPLCs face when seeking protection for their traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, but it does offer tools which can be used to protect certain aspects of and promote (or prevent the misappropriation of) these traditional forms of ingenuity and creativity. For example, strategic use of various intellectual property
tools can be a way for IPLCs to maximize the economic value of products and services based on (or related to) their traditional culture. While some IPLCs have already taken advantage of intellectual property tools, others
are not yet aware of the ways in which they could use the intellectual property system.

Through this activity, we intend to draw attention to and celebrate indigenous ingenuity and creativity, as well as raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by IPLCs interested in seeking the protection of their traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, or related products and services. We also aim to call attention to how the intellectual property system could be used by IPLCs. Finally, we aim to support IPLCs by providing financial and technical assistance to the winners following the conclusion of the competition.

With this in mind, WIPO is inviting active members of IPLCs to submit short stories related to their traditional knowledge or traditional cultural expressions, or related products and services.

For submission requirements, assessment guidelines, and other relevant information, please refer to the full Call for Submissions.