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
Jeremy de BeerUniversity of Ottawa, CanadaRethinking Intellectual Property Rights for Open InnovationTech Innovation Systems and Patents
Prospects and Models of Open Innovation
CanadaFocusing on tech sector innovation and IP management in Canada, with the aim of developing appropriate IP frameworks that make Canadian innovators globally competitive.
Michael GeistUniversity of OttawaCollective Copyright ManagementIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Collecting Societies
CanadaEffectiveness and potential administrative reforms in Canada, and accountability of collective rights management organizations.
Michael GeistUniversity of Ottawa, CanadaCopyright ReformCanadaCanada recently concluded more than ten years of contentious debate over copyright reform. I have been researching the evolution of the policy process and the impact of the public, technology, and foreign pressures on domestic reforms; (6) The IP implications from trade negotiations - particularly CETA and TPP.
Michael GeistUniversity of Ottawa, CanadaNational digital strategies: CanadaAdjacent IssuesCanadaAnalysis of national digital strategies and development of metrics to determine their effectiveness; (4) Telecom and Internet access issues. I have several projects at early stages including analysis of the competitiveness environment for telecom in Canada and net neutrality enforcement.