Between July and September, 2013, The American Assembly surveyed members of the ‘Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest’ community to learn more about their research and priorities. We invited responses from anyone who had either been to a Global Congress, been invited, or expressed interest in coming to one–a total of around 600 people. We received around 90 responses.
While the responses aren’t a representative sample of the community’s views on these issues, they make for interesting reading and are well worth a look for those interested in the intersection of research and IP policymaking. Broadly speaking, they describe a community focused on understanding how innovation systems for science and culture work, from rights and incentives to enforcement and changing cultural practices.
Rather than attempt a synthesis of the responses, we’ve decided to present this material in two ways.
First, we’re publishing edited and–in some cases–revised responses that offered relatively detailed accounts of the field or specific recommendations for future research. The first of 4-5 installments is below.
Second, we’ve built a database with the information that respondents shared about their current projects and research plans, sortable by topic and geographical focus.
The goal isn’t full representation of the community (however one might define it1 or an authoritative list of its priorities, but simply sharing back as many of the detailed suggestions and insights as we can.
If this process is useful to people, we can think about doing it again (and making it better and more inclusive1 ahead of the next Global Congress. If you didn’t participate but want to share a few paragraphs about research needs, here’s the place to do so. If we receive a bunch of new ones, we’ll publish them.
Thanks again to those who participated.
Part 1 provides an explanation of the survey and selection principles, plus some overview comments.
Part 2 explores copyright, users’ rights, and enforcement
Part 3 looks at patents, health, and trade.
Part 4 explores creative economies and practices.
Part 5 looks at issues of capacity, communication, and history in the field.