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.
Priorities for Future Research
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|Primary Investigator(s) and/or Person Who Reported It||Research Venue||Project Title||Topic(s)||Geographical Focus||Description|
|Centre for Internet and Society, India||Pervasive Technologies: Access to Knowledge in the Marketplace||Tech Innovation Systems and Patents|
|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, India||Patentability of Computer Related Inventions||Tech Innovation Systems and Patents|
|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, India||Patent Pools for ICT Technology Development in India||Tech Innovation Systems and Patents|
|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.|
|Jorge Contreras||American University Washington College of Law, USA||Registry of Non-SDO Patent Commitments||Tech Innovation Systems and Patents|
|Global||PIJIP has begun a registry of publicly-available statements and commitments made with respect to patents and patent licensing outside of formal standards-development organizations (SDOs). Some of these statements and commitments relate to the use of patents essential to standards, but others relate to uses in open source software and other contexts.|
|Jason Schultz||New York University, USA||Tech Patents|
|USA||Copyright and Patent Exhaustion (First Sale); Fair Use; Digital Libraries and digital lending; Defensive Patenting; Crowd-sourcing prior art searching|