Two new publications
VIDEOS, PHOTOS, TWEETS
Videos of the Cape Town 2013 Congress & Conference KeyPoint presentations, and most of the plenary sessions, are available on the Open A.I.R. YouTube channel.
Several galleries of photos from the Cape Town 2013 Congress & Conference are now available online on the Open A.I.R. website's Photo Albums page. The Open A.I.R. Twitter feed and #gcongress hashtag were active throughout the week.
IP Watch reports: 8 December 2013: Cape Town Conference Highlights Innovation, IP and Public Interest; 12 December 2013: Convergence of Who’s Who In IP, Innovation, Public Interest in Africa; 13 December 2013: Future Scenarios, IP Tax Evasion, Informal Sector, and Patents in Africa ; 6 January 2014: Global Congress on IP And Public Interest Adopts Principles for Negotiations
Afro-IP blog posts:
Caroline Ncube: IP policies in Africa- Cameroon to Comoros
Isaac Rutenberg: Global Congress on IP in the Public Interest, Day 1|| Global Congress for IP and Public Interest, Day 1, post 2 || Another Report from the Global Congress || Day 3 (or is it Day 1?) of the Global Congress for IP in the Public Interest || Day 4 of the Global Congress on IP for the Public Interest
Aurelia J. Schultz: Users' Rights Over All?
From 9 to 13 December 2013, delegates from national and international governmental entities, the private sector, civil society and academia gathered for five days of interconnected events in Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT), participants engaged with diverse perspectives and future scenarios for intellectual property (IP), innovation and development during the combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. These concurrent events were convened at the historic Breakwater Lodge conference centre in Cape Town's Waterfront district.
Plenary Speakers, Moderators
Click on a name below for details of her or his participation in the Congress & Conference, or find people via the Programme page.
Ahmed Abdel-Latif || Sunil Abraham || Luci Abrahams || Njoku Ola Ama || Chris Armstrong || Bassem Awad || Jeremy de Beer || Wondwossen Belete || Margaret Chon || Helen Chuma-Okoro || Gino Cocchiaro || Teshager Dagne || Shirin Elahi || Fernando dos Santos || Peter Drahos || Laurent Elder || Heloise Emdon || George Essegbey || Richard Fuchs || Michael Geist || Mark Heywood || Dick Kawooya || Bernard Maister || Erika Kraemer-Mbula || Ikechi Mgbeoji || Caroline Ncube || Herman Ntchatcho || Enyinna Nwauche || Chidi Oguamanam || Ruth Okediji || Marisella Ouma || Nagla Rizk || Britta Rutert || Tobias Schonwetter || Susan Sell || Sandy Shepherd || Ben Sihanya || Danie Visser || Jetane Weyers
The five days of Congress & Conference events featured a mix of keynote speeches to plenary sessions and specialised presentations to smaller breakaway groups and workshops. Content and presenter information for each of the presentations and workshops is available on the Cape Town 2013 Programme page, which also contains presentation slides for many sessions. Participants broke into thematic tracks in order to receive targetted presentations and to conduct in-depth scrutiny of the present status of key current strands of public interest engagement with global and national IP regimes. The five thematic tracks were : (1) user rights; (2) access to medicines; (3) enforcement; (4) openness; and (5) traditional knowledge. Participants also attended workshops proposed and convened by their fellow participants, so as to ensure that the Congress & Conference addressed all matters of current concern to the IP experts who made the journey to Cape Town.
9 December 2013: Congress & Conference Opening Remarks: Tobias Schonwetter || Roundtable: iDevelopment: IP, ICT & Innovation || Debate: Copyright Legitimacy in Africa || KeyPoint: Herman Ntchatcho: The Future of WIPO in Africa || Panel: IP & Innovation in Africa's Informal Sectors || KeyPoint: Jetane Weyers: South Africa's IPR-PFRD Act || Roundtable: Ownership of Publicly Funded Research Outputs || Current Realities of Collaborative Intellectual Property in Africa: Chidi Oguamanam & Jeremy de Beer || Official Presentation of Open A.I.R. Research Outputs: to University of Cape Town
10 December 2013: KeyPoint: Fernando dos Santos: Appropriate Technologies for Africa: Towards 2035? || Drivers of Future Changes for Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Shirin Elahi || Scenarios for the Future of Knowledge *& Innovation in Africa: Jeremy de Beer || KeyPoint: Peter Drahos: Responsive Regulation: An Optimal IP System in 2035?
11 December 2013: Welcome to 3rd Global Congress: Ahmed Abdel-Latif || KeyPoint: Nagla Rizk: IP & the Public Interest: A North African Development Economics Perspective || KeyPoint: Ruth Okediji: IP Rights & the African Innovation Paradox || KeyPoint: Michael Geist: Taking User Rights Seriously: Two Weeks That Changed Canadian Copyright Law || KeyPoint: Mark Heywood: Access to Affordable Medicines || KeyPoint: Susan Sell: Forum-Shifting & the Battle over IP Protection & Enforcement || KeyPoint: Sunil Abraham: The Freedom Continuum || KeyPoint: Chidi Oguamanam: IP "Periphery" and IP "Core": Knowledge in the (Dis)service of Public Interest || KeyPoint: Enyinna Nwauche: Communities & IP in Africa: Ownership, Openness and Collaboration || KeyPoint: Margaret Chon: Leveraging Logos for Development
The Congress & Conference programme was developed through a collaborative planning process, via delegate submission of proposals for presentations and papers related to one of the five thematic tracks (listed above) and proposals for participant-led workshops. The approved contributions were those which addressed one of the five thematic tracks and also shed light on the overarching theme "Global questions, local answers". What is the public interest in IP? Is it similar or different from place to place? What are the local priorities among the communities you work with? How are public interest IP research and advocacy activities connected? Which strategies are most effective for achieving positive change at the global or local level?
The Congress & Conference contextualised African approaches within the larger paradigms of global public interest IP, and sought to build momentum towards more sustainable, coordinated engagement with these crucial issues. Building on the momentum generated by the 1st Global Congress in Washington, DC in 2011 and the 2nd Global Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the Cape Town 2013 theme, "Global questions, local answers", explored how public interests converge or diverge in various contexts around the world.
The Congress & Conference also featured the launch of two books on IP, innovation and knowledge in Africa: (1) a book published by UCT Press and authored by Open African Innovation Research and Training Project (Open A.I.R.) researchers, entitled Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, and (2) a compendium of forward-looking research, Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future.
Presenters of papers to the Congress & Conference will be able to seek publication in 2014 in one of two high-quality African academic journals. Both the African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and the South African Intellectual Property Law Journal have issued Calls for Papers emerging from the Congress and Conference.
Planning and Management Personnel
Management and Coordination
Nan Warner, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Phyllis Webb, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Michelle Willmers, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Co-Convenors and Co-Chairs
Tobias Schonwetter, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa, Canada
Consultants, Administration and Rapporteurs
Chris Armstrong, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Nagham El Houssamy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Elsabe Gelderblom, Farm Design, South Africa
Sarah Goodier, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Thomas King, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Jade Kouletakis, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Zuki Magwaxaza, University of Cape Town Breakwater Lodge, South Africa
Sibongile Musundwa, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Uvania Naidoo, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Themba Nqiwa, University of Cape Town Breakwater Lodge, South Africa
Kyle Rother, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Will Sapp, University of Ottawa, Canada
Kathy Page Wood, Farm Design, South Africa
Open A.I.R. Foresight Scenarios
Shirin Elahi, Scenarios Architecture, England
Sean Flynn, American University, United States
Caroline Ncube, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Delia Browne, P2PU / National Copyright Unit, Australia
Laura Czerniewicz, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Alek Tarkowski, Centrum Cyfrowe Project, Poland
Joe Karaganis, American Assembly, United States
Pedro Mizukami, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
Access to Medicines
Matt Kavanagh, University of Pennsylvania & Health Global Access Project, United States
Moses Mulumba, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, Uganda
Gino Cocchiaro, Natural Justice, South Africa
Giulia Sajeva, Natural Justice, South Africa
Host, Funders, Partners
The IP Unit in the UCT Faculty of Law served as host of the combined Congress & Conference, which was carried out in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and with financial support by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the Shuttleworth Foundation and South Africa's National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO).
The implementing partners were: Open African Innovation Research and Training Project (Open A.I.R.), the OpenUCT Initiative; the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST); the Shuttleworth Foundation; Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment; the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at The American University in Cairo; the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) at the University of Lagos; the Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University in Nairobi; the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore; Creative Commons; Consumers International; the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University in Washington, DC; The American Assembly at Columbia University; Google, the Access and Benefit Sharing Capacity Development Initiative; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).