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A Cross-Regional Research Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Development

Authored by: Chidi Oguamanam, Jeremy de Beer This paper positions and critiques the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network as a unique cross-regional…

Chidi Oguamanam September 1, 2018

US Fails to Block Progress over Genetic Resources Text at WIPO-IGC 36

Photo credit: Image by Ville Oksanen via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) By Chidi Oguamanam, cross-posted from ABS Canada. After six days of deliberations (June 24-29, 2018)…

Chidi Oguamanam July 11, 2018

Harnessing Digital Agriculture to Advance African Food Security: Open AIR Research Charts the Way Forward

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu Achieving global food security will require innovation. Processes like plant phenotyping and technologies like digital imaging are examples…

Uchenna Ugwu June 26, 2018

WIPO Expert Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Takes Another Look at Draft Genetic Resources Text in 2018

By Chidi Oguamanam For the 35th time in 18years, experts have yet again gathered at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva where…

Chidi Oguamanam March 26, 2018

WIPO Special Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression Shies Away from Consolidating its Mandate but Agrees on Lack of Indigenous Participation

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s specialist committee charged with negotiating text-based instrument(s) for the effective protection of Genetic Resources…

Chidi Oguamanam June 28, 2017

Ramifications of the WIPO IGC for IP and Development

Authored by Chidi Oguamanam Over the years, the idea of traditional knowledge has progressively unraveled as a traction point for complex issue linkages between…

Chidi Oguamanam June 15, 2017

Open AIR East Africa Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Henry Mutai on IP, Trade and Regional Integration in Africa

On 10 June 2015, the Agreement establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) was signed in Egypt bringing together 26 African countries from three major regional…

Victor Nzomo March 23, 2017

WIPO 33rd IGC Session Puts Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) on the Spotlight

The WIPO-IGC recently commenced the next installment of its deliberations for a text-based instrument that focuses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions…

Chidi Oguamanam March 1, 2017

Recognizing Informal Sector Innovation: Implications for Traditional Knowledge Development in Africa

In 2012, a civil society group called the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), raised concerns about a draft Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization…

Uchenna Ugwu December 15, 2016

Makerspaces and Creativity

Looking back at Open AIR’s ‘Making’ Innovation Happenroundtable   By Sean Boots In mid August, Open AIR hosted a roundtable discussion on makerspaces…

Sean Boots November 7, 2016

Dr. Kakooza “Dealing with Trans-Border Quasi-Intellectual Property"

In October 2010, Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda, recorded a rap song titled: "Do You Want Another Rap?" as part of his re-election campaign to capture…

Victor Nzomo October 6, 2016

Drawn Out Battle Over Genetic Resources Dampens Africa’s Hopes

The global South is full of significant, diverse biological and genetic resources. It’s also home to most of the world’s indigenous communities. This is why…

Chidi Oguamanam April 28, 2016