Speech at the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, 2013

This is a keynote presentation by Prof. Chidi Oguamanam to the Cape Town 2013 combined  3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa.  Oguamanam, from the University of Ottawa, addresses the topic of “IP ‘Periphery’ and IP ‘Core’: Knowledge in the (Dis)service of Public Interest”.  He argues that in recent decades, intellectual property (IP) protection has been on steroids, drawing in any and every subject matter; shrinking flexibilities and exceptions to the point of asphyxiation of the public interest. In this moment of forced soul-searching, the IP periphery confronts the IP core, redirecting attention to collaborative knowledge production, to put the public interest back into IP.

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