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
Niva Elkin-KorenUniversity of Haifa, IsraelTech Innovation Systems and Patents
University Tech Transfer
I'm currently involved in a project on technology transfer and commercialization of government-sponsored research. The project explores whether changes in the legal regime affect R&D activity (as measured by the number of patent applications), focusing on stem cell research in Israel as a case study. A related project maps the practices of patenting and commercializing governmental funded research (sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Science).
Carolyn NcubeUniversity of Capetown, South AfricaTech Innovation Systems and Patents
University Tech Transfer
South Africa
South Africa recently enacted Bayh-Dole like legislation encouraging the commercialization of university-based research. As part of the OpenAir project, I’m working on a case study on the benefits of publicly funded research, focusing on tech transfer practices at two universities.
Arlene ZankWay Better Patents, USATech Innovation Systems and Patents
University Tech Transfer
USAI'm working on an econometric study of the rates at which patents granted to university and academic researchers/inventors are licensed—with licensing being an indicator that the inventions are being commercialized and made available to the public. Since many university patents cover basic research, we are attempting to gain insight into what is actually licensed and when in its patent lifecycle. We believe that this work will help policy makers frame the discussions on how the end products from publicly funded research transfer to the marketplace.