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Feminine Wisdom as an Axis to Traditional Knowledge in Africa

By Michael P.K. Okyerefo* The pivotal place of feminine wisdom in Africa may surprise a good many outsiders! As one of my friends would always say, “women possess…

Michael P.K. Okyerefo July 11, 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

40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

By Chidi Oguamanam, cross-posted from ABS Canada. Pre-session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the WIPO IGC,…

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2019

Focusing on Indigenous Data Sovereignty as Part of ‘Shifting Horizons’

By Toni Valenti On Thursday, March 28th, Open AIR attended the Indigenous Data Sovereignty panel at the Shifting Horizons research data conference at the University…

Toni Valenti May 16, 2019

Empowering Rural Craft Women through Social Entrepreneurship and Open, Inclusive Innovation

By Desmond Osaretin Oriakhogba My Engagement with the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa As part of my on-going project as a Queen Elizabeth…

Desmond Oriakhogba May 5, 2019

WIPO IGC 39: Unraveling the Tiered Approach to TK/TCEs

By Chidi Oguamanam One of the major innovations of the IGC, in its long-running search for international legal instruments for the effective protection of TK/TCEs…

Chidi Oguamanam March 28, 2019

Genetic Resources, Justice and Reconciliation: Canada and Global Access and Benefit Sharing

Edited by: Chidi Oguamanam Contributors: Timothy J. Hodges, Jock Langford, Roger Hunka, Joshua Nichols, Daniel W. Dylan, Fred Perron-Welch, Christopher Koziol, Larry…

Chidi Oguamanam February 1, 2019

Workshop on Integrating Gender Perspectives into Research Projects: Focusing on Social Justice, Inclusivity, and Openness

By Desmond Oriakhogba Recently, Open AIR participated in a workshop which focused on the integration of gender perspectives into research projects aimed at promoting…

Desmond Oriakhogba December 18, 2018

The Nollywood Phenomenon: Innovation, Openness and Technical Opportunism in the Modeling of Successful African Entrepreneurship

Authored by: Chidi Oguamanam Abstract: The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood, has attracted an impressive degree of research interest since its debut…

Chidi Oguamanam October 17, 2018

ICTS in Agricultural Production and Potential Deployment in Operationalising Geographical Indications in Uganda

Authored by: Tesh Dagne and Chidi Oguamanam Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the role that agricultural information and communication technologies…

Tesh Dagne August 27, 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 Download: Ramifications of the WIPO IGC for IP and Development Over the years, the idea of traditional knowledge has progressively unraveled…

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