Certification Marks for Australian Native Foods: A Proposal for Indigenous Ownership of Intellectual Property

  • Certification Marks for Australian Native Foods: A Proposal for Indigenous Ownership of Intellectual Property

    2 March 2021
    • David J Jefferson

    Recently, interest in ‘bush tucker’ foods has surged. Indigenous Australians should be empowered to determine how their knowledge is used when these products are commercialised. To exercise control over the development of the native foods industry, Indigenous Australians could establish a certification regime to ensure that their knowledge is appropriately converted into commercial products. This could be done through the strategic use of intellectual property, specifically through certification trade marks. Creating a certification mark for native foods could represent an important part of a decolonial policy agenda aimed at reimagining the regulation of native biodiversity and cultural knowledge in Australia.

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