Bassem Awad was the deputy director of International Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Innovation at CIGI. At CIGI, his research focused on the management of intellectual property rights; IP and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data; and the intersection between IP rights and environmentally rational technology innovation. Prior to CIGI, Bassem served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt as a specialist in IP law. He also works as a head tutor and professor at the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and as an instructor with the Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation at the World Trade Organization. He teaches advanced courses on intellectual property rights at the Faculty of Law, Western University.

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