Global IP Policy
How does global patent policy impact the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, and why is that relevant to the real threat of other worldwide pandemics? What is the link between intellectual property law, environmental biodiversity and climate change? Is copyright constraining access to learning materials and education, and if so, who is affected, where, how and why? Are Western-style copyrights, patents and trade-marks appropriate to protect the traditional knowledge and cultures of indigenous peoples throughout the world? How is international intellectual property policy affecting the use of the internet and mobile communication networks as mediums for cultural transformation and more participatory system of democracy? Does the increasing concentration of patents over plants’ genetic resources threaten the livelihoods of subsistence farmers, or even global food security more generally? This course on Global Intellectual Property Policy tackles all of those questions, and more, through the lens of social justice: “access to knowledge,” or A2K as some say.
Details, details, details. Here’s what you need to know. Global IP Policy & Social Justice is a seminar offered at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. As you can see, the course is broken down into thematic modules, with an introduction to global governance at the beginning. Then we launch into six lessons: copyright, culture & expression; education and the enforcement agenda; patents & population health; ag-biotech & food security; IP & the environment; and protecting traditional knowledge.