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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

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

A Cross-Regional Research Partnership for Sustainable Development: The Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) Experience

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

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2017

A Data Commons for Food Security

Jeremiah Baarbé, Meghan Blom, and Jeremy de Beer Publication Date: 20 June 2017 Download: A Data Commons for Food Security (918KB) We propose a ‘data commons’,…

Jeremiah Baarbe June 20, 2017

Challenging the Meaning of Innovation: Lessons from Refugee-Founded Organizations in Kampala

There is often a limited and constricted view of African innovation, especially when it comes to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). While there is…

Nicole Tumaine May 23, 2017

The Intellectual Property Treaty Landscape in Africa, 1885 to 2015

By Jeremy de Beer, Jeremiah Baarbé, and Caroline NcubePublication Date: 5 May 2017 Download : The Intellectual Property Treaty Landscape in Africa, 1885 to 2015 (1MB)…

Jeremy de Beer May 5, 2017

Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA VIII)

Authored by: Caroline Ncube, Tobias Schonwetter, Jeremy de Beer and Chidi Oguamanam. Abstract: To assist trade policymakers in the development of a framework, this…

Caroline Ncube May 5, 2017

Three Centuries and Counting: The Emergence and Development of Intellectual Property Law in Africa

Authored by: Caroline Ncube This chapter will be published in the Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property edited by Rochelle Dreyfuss and Justine Pila. It provides…

Caroline Ncube May 1, 2017

Common Misconceptions of Patents in Egypt

Earlier this year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a two-day workshop on “Supporting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Use the Intellectual…

Mohamed Hosny April 18, 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

Open Innovation in Development: Integrating Theory and Practice Across Open Science, Open Education, and Open Data

Authored by: Jeremy de Beer Abstract: This article integrates the concepts of open innovation and open development. It extends the theory of open development beyond…

Jeremy de Beer January 26, 2017

Open AIR Students Present at Carleton's Institute of African Studies

Back in October 2016, three of our Open AIR Research Fellows had the unique and rewarding opportunity to participate in the Second Annual Institute of African Studies…

Jeremiah Baarbe January 25, 2017

Evidence-based Intellectual Property Policymaking

Authored by: Jeremy de Beer Abstract: Governments have long been interested in making intellectual property (IP) policy based on sound evidence. There is a large…

Jeremy de Beer January 2, 2017