"Traditional knowledge can be viewed as a kind of collective
sense within shared communities. Considered as a form of community
common sense, traditional knowledge may be general or may be
specialized depending on the topic. For example, the application
and efficacy of medicinal plants as understood by traditional
medical practitioners in a tribal community forms a specialized
island of common sense and wisdom. Particularized bodies of
knowledge underlying a society's art, medicine and agriculture may
be handed down from generation to generation via give-and-take
collaboration and the practice of apprenticeship.
"Unfortunately, there is a growing notion among proponents of
Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) that property protection should
be applied to islands of traditional knowledge in order to preserve
and promote them..."