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Open A.I.R. Project Steering Committee member Prof. Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa makes a call, in an item written for University World News, for the African continent to benefit from  "more independent and less suspect capacity building on IP that breaks from the prevailing status quo." Read the article.

The African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) invites participants at the Cape Town 2013 combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa, hosted 9-13 December 2013 by the University of Cape Town, to submit their Congress & Conference papers for consideration for a 2014 special issue.

According to the AJSTID call:

The best papers presented and submitted at the Open A.I.R. Conference and Global Congress will be reviewed, and may be selected for publication.

The AJSTID is an interdisciplinary and refereed international journal on science, technology, innovation and development in Africa and other low-income countries. It has been established to highlight the crucial role of science, technology and innovation for development and to promote research on the contribution of knowledge creation and diffusion to development in Africa.

This issue will explore research questions at the nexus of intellectual property and development, an intriguing and significant research domain that offers numerous opportunities for substantial scholarly inquiry. It is widely accepted that IP regimes should be considered as forming part of a broader set of measures that are designed to optimise the development and utilisation of knowledge.

The intent of this special issue is to provide a forum to advance our understanding of the research issues that lie at this nexus. The purpose of this issue is to contribute to the development of intellectual property (IP) policy in Africa and to present crucial findings from innovation research related to sustainable development. We now call for full research papers that may address, but are not limited to:

  • The role of IP in development and innovation 
  • Technological Innovation and IP
  • IP protection in developing and least developed countries
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Development of IP systems
  • 10th year of the Doha Declaration and usage of TRIPS Flexibilities
  • IP Policy: the past, present and the future
  • IP v. pharmaceutical patents; improving access to HIV/AIDS medicines in Africa

Submissions will be refereed for relevance to the theme as well as academic rigour and originality. The papers should be no longer than 4000 – 7000 words with an abstract of 150 words; references should be sent in an Endnote file. High quality articles not deemed to be sufficiently relevant to the special issue may be considered for publication in a subsequent non-themed issue.

Please send your work no later than April 1st, 2014 to Dr. Burcu Kilic, bkilic@citizen.org and Prof. Mammo Muchie, MuchieM@tut.ac.za.


The 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Open A.I.R. Project, closed on Friday 13 December 2013 with a Declaration on Fundamental Public Interest Principles for International Intellectual Property Negotiationsand with a handover to the organisers of the 4th Global Congress planned for February 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

The closing session began with report-backs from leaders of the five thematic tracks - 1. User Rights, 2. Openness, 3. Enforcement, 4. Traditional Knowledge (TK) and 5. Access to Medicines - and it was during this session that the Declaration was launched with a call for signatories.

The UCT IP Unit Director Tobias Schonwetter handed over the Global Congress "torch" (a microphone) to Jeremy Malcolm of Consumers International (CI) in Kuala Lumpur and Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore. Malcolm and Abraham will be among the convenors of the 4th Global Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2015. You can photos of the closing day of the Global Congress, and video of the track report-backs and closing.



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