Photos of the panelists at the 2022 TIP panel on Indigenous knowledge.
Special thanks to the panel presenters: Susan Anthony, USPTO; Aaron Jones, Tulalip Tribes of Washington; Lauren van Schilfgaarde, UCLA School of Law; Frank Ettawageshik, NCAI Representative at WIPO Negotiations; June Lorenzo, Attorney & Chief Judge Pueblo of Zia; Sue Noe, Native American Rights Fund & Co-Director of The Implementation Project; Jason Searle, Native American Rights Fund.

In fall of 2022, as an adjunct event to the National Congress of American Indians 79th Annual Convention, The Implementation Project held a panel entitled: Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Protect Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Expressions: A Preview of Upcoming Consultations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The panel of tribal representatives, intellectual property experts, and others involved in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) negotiations provided background on rights, key issues under negotiation, and the positions of Indigenous representatives and the United States on these issues. The panel was designed to help tribal nations better understand WIPO negotiations, use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to protect traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and prepare for related consultations with the USPTO.  Although a date for the consultations has not yet been announced, they are anticipated to occur in the first half of 2023.

If you and your tribe would like to learn more about protecting your intellectual property and preparing for the upcoming consultations, we have gathered some resources for your review:

Interested in learning more about protecting the intellectual property of tribal nations?

Watch The Implementation Project’s webinars:

Still have questions? You can contact The Implementation Project at

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