The 2013 ‘Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest’ Research Survey


Between July and September, 2013, we surveyed members of the Global Congress community to learn more about their projects and priorities. We invited participation through email lists and solicited anyone who had either been to a Global Congress, been invited to one, or expressed interest in coming.  We received around 90 responses.

Rather than create an agenda document, we’ve decided to let the responses speak mostly for themselves.  We’ve split them into two parts: a searchable, sortable database for Current Projects (below) and a series of posts on Research Priorities (forthcoming on Infojustice) that compile perspectives on research opportunities and its relationship to policymaking in the next several years.

Here are the caveats: The responses are drawn from–but do not exhaustively reproduce–the responses we received.  Responses have been cherry picked, edited, and loosely organized under primary themes.  We favored detailed responses over lists of projects or statements of general interests or concerns.  The list is also quite limited: it attributes projects to the person or persons who reported it–not necessarily to all contributors to a project.   We can, of course, make adjustments where the attribution is clearly inadequate (let us know if that’s the case).  But we are not aiming for a rigorous accounting of the research field, just a useful one given the usual constraints on time and resources.  If this proves popular, we can discuss expanding it as part of future Global Congresses.

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Governance, Participation, Trade Agreements

Public Health, Access to Medicines

Practices and Attitudes, Piracy / Informality, Public Understanding of Copyright

Tech Innovation Systems and Patents, Open Innovation, Tech Patents, Patent SystemUniversity Tech Transfer, Biological Patents

Creative Incentives and Remuneration, Collecting Societies, Licensing, Copyright’s Incentives, Remuneration, Creative IndustriesAlternative Business Models

Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, Access to Cultural Goods, Educational Materials, Libraries

Enforcement, Privacy and Surveillance

Trademark, Geographical Indicators, Traditional Knowledge

IP/A2K Social Movements and Activism, Capacity Building

Adjacent Issues

Geographical Focus

Global, Latin America, Africa, MENA, Europe, South Asia, USA, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Poland, China, Russia, South Africa, India, Ethiopia


Priorities for Future Research

Intro and International Comparison and Cases
Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, and Enforcement
Trade, Patents, and Health
Cultural Economies
Methods, Communication, and Social Movements


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Primary Investigator(s) and/or Person Who Reported ItResearch VenueProject TitleTopic(s)Geographical FocusDescription
Gabriel J. MichaelGeorge Washington University, USAGovernance
Access to Medicines
Traditional Knowledge
GlobalMy dissertation studies the spread of intellectual property law around the globe, by applying theories of policy diffusion. Specifically, I examine the spread of data exclusivity protection for pharmaceutical clinical trials, which is an instance of policy diffusion from developed, Western, industrial nations to the rest of the world; another chapter focuses on the spread of national legislation on traditional knowledge, which is an instance of policy diffusion originating and spreading in the global South. One aim of my dissertation is to provide solid evidence, at both the macro and micro levels, that national adoption of intellectual property law frequently has little to do with cost/benefit analysis of the policy itself.
Rochelle Dreyfuss
Cesar Rodrigues
University of los Andes, Peru
Access to Medicine in Latin AmericaPublic Health
Access to Medicines
Latin AmericaThis edited book funded by IDRC is part of a project on global administrative law. We surveyed relevant actors in eleven Latin American countries on how they balanced demands for strong IP protection against the state's interest in preserving access to reasonably-priced medicines. We identified factors that led some countries to greater success in preserving access.
Chikosa BandaUniversity of Malawi, MalawiPatents and Promotion of Biomedical Research into Diseases Prevalent in Developing CountriesPublic Health
Access to Medicines
GlobalThis study considers the role of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the promotion of biomedical research for the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect impoverished countries using as a case study. I intend to examine global and domestic factors that contribute to the inequitable distribution of research resources/benefits between the developed world and poor countries.
Koichi KamedaFundação Vargas, BrazilPublic health, innovation and industrial policy: the development of a rapid test for HIV/Aids and hepatitis diagnostics in BrazilPublic Health
Access to Medicines
Latin America
Main goal: to understand the recent initiatives of local production of health technology to address demands of the public health system, with a focus on the diagnostic tools for HIV and hepatitis. In contrast with the experience of local production of medicines, the efforts to develop a national platform for the diagnostics products (inputs and reagents) are quite recent.
Mohammed El SaidUniversity of Central Lancashire, UKPublic Health
Access to Medicines
MENAI study public health and access to medicines in the Arab region, including the impact of bilateral free trade and association agreements on the Arab countries. Recent work in the region shows adverse impact of such agreements on public health and access to medicines yet there is not enough research conducted.