CIPP Quarterly Newsletter – February 2007

In this issue:

+ CIPP Awarded Capacity Building Grant

+ CIPP Researchers Participate in a SSHRC MCRI Grant

+ Inter-Disciplinary Course Developed by CIPP Members

+ CIPP’s C-9 Project Moves Ahead

+ Report on the Status of Agricultural Biotechnology, R&D and Intellectual Property in Malaysia and Thailand

+ Report on IPR Protection of Plants, Genes and Microorganisms in Certain Latin American Countries

+ CIPP Welcomes Jean-Frédéric Morin as Post-Doctoral Fellow

+ CIPP Welcomes a New Visitor


CIPP Awarded Capacity Building Grant

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy was awarded a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Trust Africa and the Foundation for Sustainable Enterprise and Development (FSED) to build an initiative that will enable local community representatives in Kenya to better understand the business and social uses of intellectual property. The CIPP is working in conjunction with Kenyan partners – the University of Nairobi, the International Centre of Insect Physiology, the Southern Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research Institute and the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute. In particular, local experts in Kenya will be given intellectual property training in order to conduct an audit of the way that public and private sector institutions protect and use patents and other intellectual property rights in Kenya. An overarching goal of this project is to build more vigorous business and research communities in the health and agricultural biotechnology sectors in Africa. The project will take place in the spring of 2007.
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CIPP Researchers Participate in a SSHRC MCRI Grant

This project, called “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice”, headed by Ajay Heble at the University of Guelph, is a collaborative research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Canada. McGill researchers at the CIPP will contribute to this project by looking at the way intellectual property does and should protect improvisation and by examining the role of intellectual property in mediating the community and social practice aspects of improvisation.

Inter-Disciplinary Course Developed by CIPP Members

Profs. Lametti and Piper, on behalf of the CIPP, have been involved in developing an innovative course with Business, Music and Computer Science. The course is being hosted by the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and is entitled “The Treble Cliff: The Remonetization of Music and other Promiscuously Transportable Media Objects”. Four law students were nominated from the law faculty to participate in the course. The objective of the course is for the students to learn about law, music, business and computer science and create a more efficient and workable way to remonetize music. The course builds on work being conducted by Terry Fisher at Harvard’s faculty of law.

CIPP’s C-9 Project Moves Ahead!

The Bill C-9 case-study investigates the role of non-state actors, including NGOs and pharmaceutical companies, in Parliament’s passage of the 2004 law that authorizes the issue of compulsory licenses to manufacture and export pharmaceutical products to countries with insufficient capacity in the pharmaceutical sector. It aims to provide policy-makers with a greater understanding of how best to bring concerned citizens and various private groups into decision-making around health care innovation.

The project is ahead of schedule. Six months after the launch of this two year project, data collection is completed. The investigators and their assistants gathered and classified hundreds of documents, including parliamentary transcripts, press releases, news articles, and submissions. They also traveled across Canada, United States and Europe to interview more than forty key politicians, leading activists, senior officials, and influential lobbyists. The transcripts of these interviews are currently being analyzed, using lexicometric software and discourse analysis software. Primary results are already promising!

Investigators of this project are Cécile Bensimon, Tania Bubela, Richard Gold, and Jean-Frédéric Morin. Their research assistants include Andeas Strotmann, Shawn Hagen, Sheila Paylan, and Pavel Matrosov.


Report on the Status of Agricultural Biotechnology, R&D and Intellectual Property in Malaysia and Thailand

This report was prepared by Gregory C. Ellis in August 2006, as part of an externship project for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. The project was a collaboration between the CIPP and the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), a non-governmental organization located in Davis, California. The purpose of the report is to provide information pertaining to the status of agricultural biotechnology in these countries.
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Report on IPR Protection of Plants, Genes and Microorganisms in Certain Latin American Countries

This report was prepared by Sylvia Rich in the summer of 2006 as part of the collaborative externship project mentioned above. This report is written to provide information on patents in Latin America that is missing from the Inter-American Development Bank Report entitled, “Agricultural Biotechnology and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Implications for IDB Lending.”
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General Information

CIPP Welcomes Jean-Frédéric Morin as Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jean-Frédéric Morin has an interdisciplinary background in international relations, including a dual PhD in political science and law. Prior to joining the CIPP, he worked as a consultant for Unisféra Research & Consulting and as a researcher for the Institute of International Relations and Sustainable Development. In the last three years, Jean-Frédéric has published eight articles in peer-reviewed journals on various topics, including international patent lawmaking, biodiversity governance, international investment law, and social movements. Simultaneously, he taught intellectual property law, environmental politics, and international relations at undergrad and graduate programs. In recognition of his research and teaching experience, he received prestigious awards, including two Scholarships from SSHRC, an Action Canada Fellowship and a joint research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. At the CIPP, Jean-Frédéric leads the Bill C-9 project on non-state actors and patent governance.

CIPP Welcomes New Visitor

Sébastien is a visitor at the CIPP from the University of Ottawa. He recently completed a M.Sc. in Physics and holds a B.Sc. in Physics. While visiting at the CIPP, Sébastien is conducting research on intellectual property issues in the context of large scale collaborative science projects. His research is part of CIPP’s Comparative IP Issues in Biotech Project carried out on behalf of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network.

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