Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

CODATA Workshop Biography

Pedro Paranaguá

Professor of Law at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, where he teaches at the Graduate and Post-Graduate Schools. Prof. Paranagua coordinates FGV's A2K (Access to Knowledge) Programme, serves as Project Leader at the Centre for Technology and Society of Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro.

He is a lecturer in intellectual property at FGV's post-graduate department in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Prof. Paranagua is a lecturer at the Masters degree at the Brazilian Industrial Property National Institute (INPI). He is also visiting professor at Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), and State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

Prof. Paranagua earned his LL.M. (with merit) in Intellectual Property at the University of London, Queen Mary, UK, with scholarships from the Alban Programme of the European Commission; from Queen Mary, University of London, and from the Institute of International Education (IIE) jointly with the Ford Foundation.

Prof. Paranagua also represents FGV School of Law in Rio de Janeiro at the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO, in Geneva, and is legal consultant for the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.

He is mentor and former academic coordinator of the intellectual property specialisation course at FGV School of Law in Sao Paulo. Prior to joining the academia, coordinanted the intellectual property study group at IDCID, focusing on patents and access to medicines, having closely worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and with the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Prior to that, he has practiced intellectual property for three years with the law firm Gusmao e Labrunie, in Sao Paulo.

Prof. Paranagua has written numerous articles and papers, such as: "The Development Agenda for WIPO: another stillbirth? A battle between access to knowledge and enclosure" (2005) (LL.M. dissertation); the chapter "Software Livre como Alternativa de Desenvolvimento e de Negocio: em busca da soberania nacional" in Propriedade Intelectual: Estudos em homenagem a Professora Maristela Basso (Jurua/2005), and the chapter "Patenteabilidade de Metodos de Fazer Negocio Implementados por Software" in Aspectos Polemicos da Propriedade Intelectual (Lumen Juris/2004), besides various articles in periodicals, papers etc.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries