[A2k] Global Congress on IP & Public Interest: Dec 15-17, 2012 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Joana Varon joana at varonferraz.com
Mon Apr 30 14:06:01 PDT 2012

Please forward****


2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest****


December 15-17, 2012
FGV Law School
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
English <http://infojustice.org/public-events/globalcongress2012/> |
Portuguese <http://infojustice.org/public-events/globalcongress2012/bp>****

Printable Call for

We are pleased to announce the Second Global Congress on Intellectual
Property and the Public Interest.  The theme for this year’s Congress will
be “Setting the positive agenda in motion.” This note invites applications
to attend the Congress, including proposals to chair workshops or deliver a
paper or presentation related to the Congress’s theme.****


The application form is available now at
Due to generous support from our sponsors, the Congress will cover the
registration fees and all on-site costs for all attendees, including
lunches and dinner receptions. Limited travel grants to cover accommodation
and/or travel to the Congress will be available, with priorities for those
from developing countries.****


**§  **Priority applications for travel assistance and to present or chair
a workshop at the Congress will be due by August 1, 2012.****

**§  **Final applications for travel grants, subject to funding
availability, as well as applications to present at the Congress, will be
due by September 1, 2012.****

**§  **Applicants not seeking travel assistance or presentation
opportunities may apply to attend the Congress by November 1, 2012.****


The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public
Interest<http://infojustice.org/global-congress> was
convened in 2011 to define a positive agenda for policy reform, build a
global network of scholars and advocates to promote the agenda and provide
opportunities for the sharing of research and strategies.  The nearly 200
inaugural participants from over 30 countries and 6 continents deliberated
over three days through in-person meetings and web-based collaboration to
produce the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public
Interest (http://infojustice.org/washington-declaration) — an action agenda
for promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information
law reform around the world.****

Sixteen months later, we come together to measure our progress and expand
the positive agenda. To this end, we invite applications to attend the
Congress and contribute to its deliberations identifying forums where
policy is being developed, proposing policies or actions that promote
public interest goals and principles, and identifying and planning to
respond to research and analysis needs.****


Because the primary purpose of the Congress is to promote deliberation and
action planning, the opportunities for formal presentation will be somewhat
limited. We will, however, have spaces for keynote presentations or panel
discussions for each session (see below). In addition, as in the inaugural
year, the Congress will host small works-in-progress workshops to allow
participants to share their own work and solicit feedback from peers.****


Six main tracks will include a half day workshop introduced by a lecture or
panel discussion on one or more of the themes noted below. The keynote
introduction will be followed by deliberation in which participants will,
first, review progress and opportunity in existing or potential policy
forums and, second, review the current state of research and identify
policy and empirical research needs and resources. Tracks will also have
opportunities to draft statements or action plans for adoption at the
closing plenary of the Congress or for discussion and online after the
Congress ends.****

We encourage applicants to identify specific sessions in which they would
like to contribute.****

*Regulating Intellectual Property**: *This session will survey recent
developments and proposals to regulate uses of intellectual property
through other legal doctrines that express and safeguard human values,
including human rights, consumer protection, competition and privacy laws.**

*Valuing Openness and the Public Domain:* This session will survey recent
developments and proposals to ensure that creative and innovative works
ultimately become free for all to use as part of the public domain,
including through open licensing, open access, open educational resources,
open data, open standards, open government, and related open information

*Strengthening Limitations and Exceptions as Enabling Tools for Innovation
and Expression*: This session will survey recent developments and proposals
to use limitations and exceptions as positive enabling doctrines to ensure
that intellectual property law fulfills its ultimate purpose of promoting
essential aspects of the public interest.****

*Setting Public Interest Priorities for Patent and Research and Development
Reform*: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to
ensure that patent and other research and development policies serve all
segments of society, and particularly the most disadvantaged, and
accommodate the diverse needs of a complex world with a more diverse
structure of incentives for innovation.****

*Supporting Cultural Creativity:* This session will survey recent
developments and proposals to maximize opportunities for creativity while
increasing access to creative works and helping to end disputes over
practices like non-commercial file-sharing.****

*Checking Enforcement Excesses:* This session will survey recent
developments and proposals to ensure that intellectual property enforcement
policies and practices respect the human rights principle of
proportionality and are not used as a diversion from the difficult task of
tailoring intellectual property norms to their social contexts.****

*Implementing Development Agendas:* This session will survey recent
developments and proposals to fully integrate the development dimension
into intellectual property policy and norm-setting at all levels of
international and national intellectual policy making.****

*Targeted Research:* Given the spectrum of issues described above, what are
the key research needs?  Given academic incentive structures, what kinds of
research fall through the cracks?  Given the funding crisis in this field,
how can we meet research needs on the cheap? Given the international scope
of many policy issues, how can we work collaboratively and comparatively?
 Given the Internet, how can we develop and leverage new software tools for
data collection?****

In addition to the above sessions, we invite presentations on other topics
relevant to the positive agenda the Washington Declaration promotes,

**§  **the role of mobilisation and activism.****

**§  **collaboration between ISPs and governments in enforcement****

**§  **the ecology of access to educational materials****

**§  **designing copyright from scratch****

**§  **updates and lessons from specific forms, e.g. WIPO, national
legislatures, trade negotiations, etc.****

The application form is available now at
. <http://jotformpro.com/form/21173970862962.> Please forward this
invitation to interested lists and individuals. For more information or
questions, you may contactglobalcongress2012 at gmail.com.****


**§  **Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade – CTS | FGV DIREITO RIO, 2012 Chair*

**§  **American Assembly, Columbia University, New York****

**§  **International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva***

**§  **Centre for Internet and Society, India****

**§  **Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open AIR) initiative**

**§  **Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American
University, Wash. D.C.****

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Joana Varon Ferraz
Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade (CTS-FGV)

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