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
Rochelle DreyfussNYU, USATech Innovation Systems and Patents
Patent Offices and Functioning of the Patent System
USAI’m writing series of articles on specialized adjudication of patent disputes in the United States. I have started to look at the effect of specialization on patent law as it is applied in other countries.
Arlene ZankWay Better Patents, USATech Innovation Systems and Patents
Patent Offices and Functioning of the Patent System
USAWe have undertaken a study of the impact of accelerated examination programs for patents. Do these programs meet their stated goals, who participates in them, and what are the outcomes. We have completed the first phase of work on the impact of the USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program (Analysis of the first 835 patents). We are looking at this program in light of the new authority granted to the Director of USPTO to grant accelerated examination for "economically important" innovations. We are looking at a variety of quantitative and qualitative issues to determine who is benefitting from these efforts.
Arlene ZankWay Better Patents, USATech Innovation Systems and Patents
Patent Offices and Functioning of the Patent System
USAWe are also trying to provide weekly box scores that identify the number of patents granted, the level of co-inventorship across geographic boundaries, and core information on patents in an accessible format. Much of the metrics here focus on assigning patents to countries based on the first named inventors. This information obscures much of the real information on where inventions are coming from because no detailed analysis of the geolocation of the teams is being undertaken.