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The Blue Economy and The Need for Open IP

By Eashan Karnik, cross-posted from Smart Prosperity Institute The need to adopt clean energy technologies is a pressing issue not just in Canada, but internationally…

Eashan Karnik August 12, 2019

Invention in Africa: Open AIR shares its Model at CAAS 2019

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu Africa is becoming recognized as an important hub of informal innovation, which should not be excluded or ignored by formal systems for IP…

Uchenna Ugwu June 27, 2019

Financing of innovations in Egypt: Barriers and Potential

By Eslam Shaaban Innovators, especially in the start-up stage, are facing the problem of financing their projects. In Egypt, there is great potential to develop…

Eslam Shaaban June 19, 2019

Reconciling Copyright with Creativity: New Insights from 2018 Conferences (Part II)

By Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine This is part two of Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine’s’  blog post on the isnights retained from 2018 confereces,…

Helen Chuma-Okoro May 10, 2019

Reconciling Copyright with Creativity: New Insights from 2018 Conferences (Part I)

By Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine Access to knowledge (A2K) is necessary to further innovation and creativity. Due to the exclusive nature of intellectual…

Helen Chuma-Okoro May 10, 2019

Depicting Reality in the African Context

By Menna Badreldin It is challenging to quantify a phenomenon in the same method across countries. Indices are generally a tool to represent a certain issue and…

Menna Badreldin April 8, 2019

Highlighting Inclusion of Marginalized Voices at International Conferences: A NERG’s experience

By Nicole Tumaine Over the past four months, I have had the privilege of attending three international conferences as a panelist thanks to the generous support of…

Nicole Tumaine October 22, 2018

Better metrics, better policies for knowledge and innovation in Africa

By Nagla Rizk The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) leads the research on metrics, laws and policies within the Open African Innovation Research…

Nagla Rizk August 15, 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

Open AIR Expansion au Maroc

By Sara Yassine  Au cours des six derniers mois, le laboratoire de recherche « Entrepreneuriat et Management des Organisations » (LABO-EMO) et Open AIR ont…

Sara Yassine May 25, 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

Reconciling Intellectual Property Rights and African Development: The Right to Development Conference Charts the Way Forward

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu In September 2017, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation[i] and the Centre for Human Rights (CHR)[ii], Faculty of Law University of Pretoria gathered…

Uchenna Ugwu February 18, 2018

Egypt’s New Investment Law: Creating Better Opportunities for Small Businesses?

By Sarah El Saeed The Egyptian Government has begun in pushing through a fiscal and monetary reform plan that includes various unpopular austerity measures. In the…

Sarah El Saeed February 12, 2018

Behind the Number: A Review of Index Methodologies to Improve Innovation Measurement in Africa

Authored by: Islam Hassouna Abstract: This paper reviews the methodologies of 16 indices in innovation, information and communication technologies, economic environment,…

Islam Hassouna February 8, 2018

Towards an Alternative Assessment of Innovation in Africa

Authored by: Nagla Rizk, Ayah El Said, Nadine Weheba and Jeremy de Beer Abstract: This background paper is drafted with the purpose of revisiting the literature…

Nagla Rizk February 8, 2018

Open AIR's Sileshi Hirko wins competitive grant

Mr. Sileshi Hirko, a PhD candidate in the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa, has won the Civil Society Scholars Award (CSSA). CSSA is a research grant…

Victoria Schorr February 3, 2018