E. Richard Gold

E. Richard Gold is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2016. He is also a James McGill Professor with McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

Richard Gold
Intellectual Property Law
International Intellectual Property
Comparative Intellectual Property
Innovation Policy
Intellectual Property Management


E. Richard Gold is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2016. He is also a James McGill Professor with McGill University’s Faculty of Law and was the founding director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.

At CIGI, Richard is organizing the first Innovation in Context workshop, which will examine the role of social institutions, norms and policy in leading to and obtaining the benefits (and costs) of innovation, whether technological or social. He is overseeing the filming and editing of a video series on topics related to the legal, social, political and economic dimensions of intellectual property law and innovation and will also write a digital essay and a commentary, both exploring recent developments in the field of intellectual property law and innovation.

As a McGill professor, Richard teaches intellectual property, international intellectual property, comparative intellectual property and innovation policy with a research focus on the life sciences.

Over the years, Richard has provided advice to Health Canada, Industry Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and UNITAID.

Richard’s research has been published in high-impact journals in science, law, philosophy and international relations, including Nature BiotechnologyThe LancetPLoS Medicine, Revue de droit de McGillPublic Affairs Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly and the European Journal for International Relations. In addition, he has filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of Canada and a tribunal that adjudicated an investor-state dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Richard has a bachelor of science from McGill University, an LL.B. (honours) from the University of Toronto and an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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