The New Zealand Intellectual Property Office has two Māori Advisory Committees that can provide advice on whether features in a trade mark or design would cause offence to Māori, or an invention claimed in a patent application draws on Traditional Knowledge or genetic resources.
IP Australia could look at establishing an Indigenous Advisory Panel of representatives with an understanding of Indigenous Knowledge protocols to advise on issues relating to Indigenous Knowledge.
The Australian Government has announced the public release of IP Australia’s Consultation Report – the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge in the Intellectual Property System. This report summarises stakeholders’ feedback received in our consultation on Indigenous Knowledge issues. It follows the publication of Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, a paper produced by the Indigenous owned legal firm Terri Janke and Company for IP Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.