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The Open A.I.R. Project has issued its press release for the important intellectual property events it is helping to host next week (9-13 December 2013) in Cape Town. The press release is entitled “International Conference and Publications on Innovation, Intellectual Property and the Public Interest”.

Registered delegates for the Cape Town 2013 Global Congress and Open A.I.R. Conference, taking place 9-13 December 2013, are urged to please read the logistics message issued on 4 December by Open A.I.R. Project Manager Nan Warner.

Presenters of papers to the Global Congress and Open A.I.R. Conference in Cape Town in December 2013 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 (AJSTID) and the South African Intellectual Property Law Journal (SAIPLJ) have issued Calls for Papers emerging from the Congress and Conference.


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.


The Open A.I.R. Project has two publications, both focussed 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