"This project is impressive. The investigators were able to accomplish a great deal in a relatively short time period. They have made a major contribution to our understanding of the roles of NGOs in intellectual property policymaking...The award holders achieved their objectives and have provided a detailed and lucid analysis of NGO activity in this area...The report presents the results in a systematic and easy-to-digest manner; given the complexity and ambition of the project this is impressive and will add to the project's utility...This is a balanced and thoughtful project that has been deftly executed and expertly synthesized." Source: Rapporteur Evaluation for the Economic and Social Research Council, 4 September 2007.
The Non-Governmental Organisations, Intellectual Property Rights and Multilateral Institutions (IP-NGOs) research project began in October 2005 and ended in December 2006.
The IP-NGOs project was directed by Duncan Matthews of the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. Viviana Munoz Tellez was the full-time Research Assistant.
The IP-NGOs project identified patterns in recent NGO activity on issues relating to intellectual property and the following multilateral institutions: the World Trade Organisation (WTO); the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); the World Health Organisation (WHO); the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CBD-COP); and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
The IP-NGOs project undertook two case studies:
The end of project final report was published on 22 December 2006 and can be downloaded here: Report (PDF).
Copies of the final report were distributed to delegates at the third session of the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Development Agenda (PCDA) in Geneva, 19-23 February 2007.
The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) generously funded the IP-NGOs project as part of the Non-Governmental Public Action programme.