Canada rests a lot of its hopes on the strength of IP intensive ventures. However, these ventures struggle to optimally leverage their IP. To overcome their challenges, these ventures need to have the right IP strategies and be properly equipped with the necessary IP legal tools and resources to succeed and prosper in the global economy. However, surveys indicate that Canada’s IP intensive ventures have limited IP legal literacy and can’t often access affordable IP legal services, especially at their earliest start-up stages. Finally, overall expertise in IP strategy and IP management is weak in this country.

At the Conference Board of Canada's Council for Innovation and Commercialization, which is focusing on the theme of "Designing Adaptive and Dynamic Organizations through Knowledge, Innovation and Information Technology," CIGI Senior Fellows Myra Tawfik and Karima Bawa will discuss these existing IP legal gaps in Canada’s innovation ecosystem. They will offer suggestions for capacity-building in IP strategy and IP legal services to enable Canadian ventures to compete effectively in increasingly complex domestic and international legal environments. 

Event Speakers

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Karima Bawa

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

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Myra J. Tawfik

CIGI Senior Fellow

Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI, where she leads a project that explores strategies for capacity building in IP literacy, IP strategy and cost-effective IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. This project also sets out models and best practices for comprehensive IP literacy within the public sector entrepreneurial support system. She is the co-creator (with Karima Bawa) of the CIGI Massive Open Online Course, “Foundations of IP Strategy.” A book on the subject of IP strategy for innovators, co-authored with Karima Bawa, will be published in summer 2019.

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