Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel, Aria Room, Toronto
Public Event: Conference
Mar 22

On behalf of the International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), you are invited to participate in two-day conference, Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Strengthening Canada's Innovation Performance in the Global Economy.

This conference brings together leading intellectual property experts from CIGI’s ILRP; Canadian and international scholars; federal, provincial and territorial governments and innovation centres. Speakers include Director of the ILRP Oonagh Fitzgerald; Deputy Director of the ILRP and Theme Leader of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation Bassem Awad and CIGI Senior Fellows Myra Tawfik and Karima Bawa.

Over the past decade, intellectual property rights have played a fundamental role in driving technological innovation and economic competiveness. The global rules governing ownership of technology and its diffusion have been radically transformed from traditional goods and services to intellectual property based on products. Emerging technologies are fundamentally altering the way we create, manage, and govern innovation. 

This conference aims to explore and explain the opportunities and challenges facing the intellectual property system and innovation policy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It raises the following questions:

  • How can the current Canadian and International intellectual property system enable a transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
  • What do policy makers need to know about the role of IP rights in strengthening Canada's innovative performance in today's technologically advanced and interconnected world?
  • What are the legal skills required for lawyers and consultants to deal with emerging technologies?
  • What mechanisms can be adopted by business and start-ups to better commercialize their innovation and protect their investments in the global economy?

For more information on the event, please refer to the conference program. To register, please visit the conference eventbrite page. 

*For Ontario lawyers, this program contains 1 hr 30 min Professionalism Hour(s). This program is also eligible for up to 11 hr 0 min Substantive Hours.

Event Speakers

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI and an expert in intellectual property capacity building.

Karima Bawa is a CIGI senior fellow with expertise on the commercialization of university research and development and capacity building in intellectual property strategy for Canadian innovators. Prior to joining CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

At the Conference Board of Canada, Michael is responsible for managing seven research groups.

Yann Ménière is professor of economics on leave from MINES ParisTech, where he was leading the chair on "IP and Markets for Technology" until joining the EPO.