The Australian system of access and benefit sharing (ABS) relating to biological resources provides inadequate protection to Indigenous knowledge (IK). This chapter explores a number of Australian examples where IK associated with endemic species has been utilised for research and/or commercialisation, and where patents have been obtained relating to such uses. The examples that we present in this chapter highlight issues and gaps that exist with the current Australian ABS regime. The chapter is also a collaborative response that reﬂects common community-based Indigenous voices which are communicating deep concerns about the cultural and spiritual integrity of IK and how their knowledge is being unfairly appropriated for commercial gains using patents (and other intellectual property rights):
It is commonly expressed by Aboriginal communities that they are concerned about their knowledge being stolen and it is our personal responsibility as professional Aboriginal people to support our communities.
From these perspectives, we make suggestions for how these issues might be rectified.
|Title of host publication||Biodiversity, genetic resources and intellectual property|
|Subtitle of host publication||developments in access and benefit sharing|
|Editors||Charles Lawson, Kamalesh Adhikari|
|Place of Publication||New York ; London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781351580342, 9781315098517|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Routledge Research in Intellectual Property|