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
Centre for Internet and Society, IndiaPervasive Technologies: Access to Knowledge in the MarketplaceTech Innovation Systems and Patents
Tech patents
South Asia
This project explores methodologies of providing greater access to knowledge in the marketplace via sub $100 mobile devices. The project examines hardware, software and content layers in the context of the national and international legal framework that govern Indian patent law, copyright law, standards policy, and competition law.
Centre for Internet and Society, IndiaPatentability of Computer Related InventionsTech Innovation Systems and Patents
Tech patents
South Asia
Work on this front explores options for and consequences excluding computer-related programs from patentability. We are now working with the Government regarding the interpretation of the relevant guidelines and laws around this issue.
Centre for Internet and Society, IndiaPatent Pools for ICT Technology Development in IndiaTech Innovation Systems and Patents
Tech patents
South Asia
CIS India, partnering with PIJIP, is leading a project examining patent pools as a solution to liberate ICT development that is already underway in India.
Lawrence LiangAlternative Law Forum, IndiaPrivate Enforcement Between Policing and Law Firms’EnforcementIndia
South Asia
In the last few years we have seen the mushrooming of enforcement agencies in india who are a strange breed since they are essentially private entities (enforcement companies, detective companies, law firms). Most of these are headed by former members of the police and hence have an inside knowledge of how the criminal justice system especially at the level of everyday policing function works and they also have the ability to obtain the cooperation of the local police. While these enforcement agencies were active for a while in the space of commercial piracy, we see them shifting gradually to the online enforcement space, and we are interested in tracking the shift as a continuation of earlier ethnographic work that we have done on enforcement.
Centre for Internet and Society, IndiaRelicensing of the Konkani EncyclopediaAdjacent IssuesIndia
South Asia
The CIS has successfully brought “Konkani Vishwakosh,” a major encyclopedia in Goa’s mother tongue, under a Creative Commons license. The entire set will be digitized on Wikipedia. CIS then aims to build up the Konkani Wikipedia by turning students into producers of knowledge.