Featured Items

Ethiopia's Society for Technology Studies (STS), led by Open A.I.R. researcher Wondwossen Belete, has launched its newsletter. The inaugural edition, dated March 2013, is attached to this post, and it carries a report on the Open A.I.R.-STS workshop on IP from publicly funded researched convened at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa in December 2012.

Open A.I.R. South Africa research team member Dr. Caroline Ncube of the University Cape Town has published her views on the current status of the African Union's (AU's) proposed Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO). The item, carried on the Afro-IP website, is entitled "PAIPO is Dead. Long live PAIPO"

Open A.I.R. South Africa research team member Dr. Caroline Ncube of the University Cape Town has published her views on the current status of the African Union's (AU's) proposed Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO). The item, carried on the Afro-IP website, is entitled "PAIPO is Dead. Long live PAIPO"

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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 launched two publications, focussed on the intersection of knowledge, innovation and intellectual property in Africa, at the Global Congress & Open A.I.R. Conference, 9-13 December 2013, in Cape Town. One book covers current realities and 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