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Open A.I.R. Co-Principal Investigator  Prof. Jeremy de Beer of the University of Ottawa was at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago on 8 September to present the findings of Open A.I.R.'s scenarios research.

Open A.I.R. network members Dr. Dick Kawooya and Prof. Jeremy de Beer spent the week of 19-23 May 2014 at the Geneva Headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), presenting their research findings on knowledge, innovation and intellectual property (IP) in Africa.

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The Open A.I.R. Project

The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) Project is investing in pan-African research, networking, capacity-building and policy engagement.

The project’s central aim is to investigate how intellectual property (IP) regimes can be harnessed in Africa to facilitate innovation through collaboration – and to make processes more participatory, knowledge more accessible, and benefits more widely shared. Interconnected, empirical case studies are exploring a range of research questions in countries across the continent.

Publications

The Open A.I.R. Project has two publications, both focused on the intersection of knowledge, innovation and intellectual property in Africa. One book covers current realities, while the second explores emerging possibilities. 

Network Hubs
North Africa: Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo
West Africa: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Lagos
East Africa: Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Nairobi
Southern Africa: Intellectual Property Unit, University of Cape Town
Canada: Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa