The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
The Global Congress provides a forum for advancing evidence-based, public-interest intellectual property policies that balance the needs of creators and the public. The event brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers for three days of discussion, sharing, and planning. Major recurring topics include emerging concepts of digital rights, access to medicines, transparency and accountability in intellectual property policy making, open models of science and education, and the growing role of trade agreements in shaping the global knowledge economy.
The Assembly is a founder and co-organizer of the Global Congress. Four Congresses have been held since 2011 in Washington (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2012), Capetown (2013), and Delhi (2015). The fifth will be held at American University in Washington DC in 2018.
The Congress works to articulate a positive agenda for IP policy reform and to strengthen international capacities for evidence-based policy making. The First Global Congress brought together 200 academic, industry, NGO, and government officials in August, 2011, at American University in Washington DC.
The Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest brought 250 researchers and activists from 40 countries to Rio de Janeiro in December, 2012, to promote the development of a "positive agenda" for public-interest intellectual property policy.
The Third Global Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9-13, 2013. Over 250 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers discussed new work and policy developments around users' rights and development-centered IP policy. The event was held jointly with the capstone conference for the OpenAIR project, which brings together researcher on innovation policy in Africa.
The fourth Congress was hosted by the Center for Internet and Society in Delhi, India, with the goal of taking stock of 'Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS.' The event attracted 400 researchers, activists, and practitioners.
Between July and September, 2013, The Assembly surveyed members of the Global Congress community to learn more about current projects and priorities in global research and advocacy on intellectual property and access to knowledge.
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011, convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration is the result of that conversation.