The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was held in August 25th-28th, 2011, at the American University in Washington, DC. The primary goals of the Congress were to articulate a positive agenda for IP policy reform and to strengthen international capacities for evidence-based policy making. Some 200 participants from over 30 countries over 3 days, leading to the drafting and signing of the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest.
Co-sponsors included The American Assembly, The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University, the Center for Technology and Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), and the Center for International Trade and Sustainable Development (Geneva).
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and 6 continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration is the result of that large-scale conversation.