Indigenous IP rights feature at Marques Conference
The issue of indigenous intellectual property rights was addressed in the main hall for the first time during the 30Th Annual Marques Conference held in September. US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, Keith Harper, was on stage to discuss both costly mistakes and affirmative steps being taken by big brands. As the first Native American to be appointed as a US Ambassador, the contribution to the discussion on the use of indigenous cultural expressions from Ambassador Harper was both significant and welcomed.
Also speaking in the session were Daphné Zografos Johnsson of WIPO, and DCC Principal, Marion Heathcote who explored the background of cultural significance and highlighted various situations where appropriation has caused offence as well as the positive steps being taken to address the matter, such as increasing support and engagement with indigenous communities on the issue.
Lauded by industry publication, Managing IP, as one of the highlights of the Marques conference, DCC and Marion Heathcote are honoured to have been involved.