The Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

National Law University, Delhi, India

Dec 15-17, 2015

The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest is the most significant event on the calendar for scholars and policy advocates working on intellectual property from a public interest perspective. The Global Congress supports the formation of strong networks and the dissemination of research and strategies amongst academics and practitioners, with the aim of empowering them to respond to law reform and enforcement proposals that threaten access and innovation, and to put forward a positive agenda for policy reform. The Global Congress began in Washington DC in 2011, moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and was held in Cape Town in 2013. The fourth Global Congress will now be held in New Delhi, in December 2015. The event would be the largest convening of public interest-oriented intellectual property practitioners ever held in Asia, and would help link in the world's most populous region to these global debates around how intellectual property policy can best serve the public interest.

The fourth edition of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest brings research, civil society, industry and regulatory and policy-making communities together for active, intense engagement on key public-interest intellectual property issues. Opportunities for these groups to interact are rare but valuable; and have been proven to lead to successful policy outcomes. The fourth edition of the Congress, slated to be held in December, 2015 in New Delhi will be one such opportunity.

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The theme for the 2015 Congress is "Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS". The theme juxtaposes the beginnings of an aspect of a culture of Openness with that of the establishment of minimum standards of intellectual property protection and the carving of limitations and exceptions within these standards.

The 2015 Congress seeks to produce three outcomes- first, the mobilization of existing scholarly research directly into the hands of civil society advocates, business leaders and policy makers, leading to evidence-based policies and practices; second, the collaborative identification of urgent, global and local research priorities and generation of a joint research/advocacy agenda; and third, the solidification of an inter-disciplinary, cross-sector and global networked community of experts and practitioners focused on public interest aspects of IP policy and practice.

Alongside focused keynote speakers and plenary sessions, the 2015 Global Congress will carry out discussions through 4 parallel “tracks”, in the fields of “Openness”, “Access to Medicines”, “User Rights”, and “IP & Development”. There will also be cross-track sessions to accommodate discussions falling within more than one track.

This year’s Congress will also feature an additional "Room of Scholars". "The Room of Scholars" has been conceptualized as that cross­cutting space, not restricted to a particular track but as running along side them. The "Room of Scholars" will be an opportunity for the presentation of longer, more detailed academic research papers on the theme of the Congress.

We invite applications to attend the Congress, including proposals to chair workshops, host panel discussions, or deliver a paper or presentation related to the Congress’s theme.

Youth Workshop on Intellectual Property, Public Health & Access to Medicines:

To coincide with the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and Public Interest, ISID, PHM and Prayas are conducting a four-day post-congress workshop on intellectual property, public health and access to medicines. Selected participants will (a) participate in the Workshop and the Global Congress on IP and Public Interest; and (b) receive full funding for their participation in both events. Researchers, activists, journalists, scholars, public health professionals and students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 40 years of age or younger on 1 December 2015 and residents of India. Last date for receipt of applications is 26 October 2015. You can read the complete call for applications for the Workshop. To apply to participate in the Workshop, fill out the application form and submit it along with your CV by 26th October, 2015. Queries on the Workshop can be addressed to [email protected].

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