Event Info

A background paper by Sean Flynn can be downloaded here.

The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was convened in 2011 to define a positive agenda for policy reform, build a global network of scholars and advocates to promote the agenda and provide opportunities for the sharing of research and strategies. The nearly 200 inaugural participants from over 30 countries and 6 continents deliberated over three days through in-person meetings and web-based collaboration to produce the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest — an action agenda for promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law reform around the world.

Sixteen months later, we come together to measure our progress and expand the positive agenda. To this end, we invite participants to identify forums where policy is being developed, propose policies or actions that promote public interest goals and principles, and reflect on how to adequately respond to research and analysis needs.

The theme for this year’s Congress will be “Setting the positive agenda in motion,” and will have a special focus on developments and opportunities in the so-called “BRICS” group of emerging economies. A key output for this year’s Congress will be a public Research and Action Agenda, recording research and analysis needs for promoting a positive agenda in intellectual property policy, and identifying commitments to work toward filling the gaps.


The Global Congress 2012 will take place  at FGV. While there is no dress code for the Congress itself, FGV does not allow shorts and flipflops to be worn inside the building. This is strictly enforced by the security staff, and there are no exceptions to this policy. Other than that, we encourage you to dress as casually as you wish.

FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas
Praia de Botafogo, 190, Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22250
+55 (21) 3799-5300


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