Myra J. Tawfik is a CIGI Senior Fellow, effective September 2014. She leads a project that explores strategies for the cost-effective and meaningful provision of intellectual property legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. This project will develop a set of recommendations about best models and practices for providing a comprehensive intellectual property and IP strategy services within the public sector entrepreneurial support system. She is also developing a MOOC on IP Strategy with CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa scheduled for release in 2016. In addition, she will adapt the MOOC for delivery to law students at the University of Windsor during the winter term 2016.
In addition to her role at CIGI, Myra is professor of law, academic director and founder of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LTEC) at the University of Windsor. She was co-director of the Centre for Enterprise and Law at the University of Windsor, which provided student-led business consulting and legal support to local start-ups and entrepreneurs from 2010-2013. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy at the University of Windsor to continue her research and educational outreach initiatives for capacity-building in IP literacy. Her area of expertise is intellectual property law including comparative and international aspects of IP as well as IP strategy. She was recognized for her research excellence and activity with CIGI at the University of Windsor’s 2014 Celebration of Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Myra is former associate dean and acting dean of the faculty of law. She is also completing a monograph on the nineteenth century origins of Canadian copyright law.