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.
Tesh DagneThompson Rivers University, CanadaTraditional KnowledgeGlobalIn general, my goal for the next several years is to prepare articles and conduct research on the protection of traditional knowledge and biodiversity in reference to works in this area under the frameworks of WIPO, the CBD and FAO. My current work specifically looks at the feasibility of IP-based models for protecting traditional knowledge-related agricultural products such as Indian Basmati rice, Ethiopian coffee, Ghanaian cocoa, South African Rooibos tea,..etc. I will soon start a research project under the theme of "Implementing the Nagoya Protocol using the framework of food sovereignty” and am also planning work on the WIPO’s draft articles on the protection of Traditional Knowledge. As research method, I will adopt doctrinal legal analysis of the legal and policy issues in the area.
Jeremy de Beer
Tobias Schonwetter
Nagla Rizk
Carolyn Ncube
Many Others
University of Ottawa
University of Cape Town
Open AIRCopyright Reform
Traditional Knowledge
Tech Innovation Systems and Patents
AfricaThe Open AIR project is right now building toward its finale -- the book capturing current realities, the scenarios for the future, and outreach and engagement activities -- which will be marked by the December conference(s) in Cape Town. A 6-month wind-down and transition phase will follow, with all activities complete by mid-2014.