The Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest is a semi-annual gathering for scholars and policy advocates working on intellectual property from a public-interest perspective. Its main purpose is to help re-articulate the public-interest dimensions of intellectual property policy by supporting research on the intersection of knowledge systems, regulation, and globalization.
The theme for the 2015 Congress was Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS, reflecting the maturation of many of the pivotal ideas and forms of governance in the sector and the need to to assess their performance and potential for the years ahead. Individual tracks were organized around 'Openness, 'Users' Rights,' 'Development,' and 'Access to Medicines.'
The fourth Congress attracted 400 participants to New Delhi in December 2015, and was hosted by the Center for Internet and Society, a leading Indian NGO on information, Internet, and innovation policy issues.