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New Zealand prepares for traditional knowledge decision

Erica Poon, Hong Kong

After 20 years of deliberation, a tribunal in New Zealand is finally planning to release a report next month on how the rights of its indigenous people should be protected

The claim of the country’s Maori people that its rights to indigenous flora and fauna be respected has become a symbol of the clash between traditional knowledge and IP around the world.

“Knowledge is passed down through generations and...

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